The Pond

The Pond

At the southeastern end of the Park lies the Pond, a serene body of water home to birds, turtles, and other wildlife. Just feet away from bustling Fifth Avenue, the Pond provides visitors with a quiet escape in the middle of Midtown.

The Pond is a dramatic entrance to the Park as visitors stroll below street level into the hush of this natural retreat. Strolling around the Pond, the landscape constantly changes, offering new scenic views and the chance to see ducks and other wildlife.

While today the Pond is a site of contemplation and sanctuary, visitors in the past also used it as a center for more vigorous, athletic pursuits. In the winter, 19th-century visitors could glide over the Pond in ice skates - then a novelty for New Yorkers, and an activity which can currently be enjoyed at the nearby Wollman Rink. In the summers until 1924, visitors could experience the woodland surroundings from a swan boat, similar to those found now in the Boston Public Gardens.


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