Bow Bridge Boat Landing also provides views of the smaller, more intimate eastern side of the Lake and its shoreline.
This boat landing is a modern reconstruction of a historic structure first built in the 1860s. Soon after the Park opened, boating on the Lake became a popular pastime, and the Park’s designers added a series of six unique structures that served as scenic lookouts and small docks. A passenger boat made a circuit around the Lake transporting visitors between the landings and Bethesda Terrace.
First constructed of wood, the original boat landings deteriorated over time and were periodically rebuilt during the 19th century. Most of them were removed during the 20th century. In 2016, the Central Park Conservancy reconstructed five of the landings based on careful analysis of historic drawings and photographs.
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Restoration and Maintenance
Whether we're improving access or rebuilding infrastructure, the Conservancy works year-round to preserve the Park.
Snowy scenes from the 1980s and 1990s are some of Central Park Conservancy's most recently digitized images.
Tags: Conservancy Staff / History