The Dene is a quintessential Central Park landscape. Its name, an English word for “valley,” evokes its topography created by steep hills and dramatic rock outcrops.
Located in a busy section of the Park near the Mall and the Central Park Zoo, this small landscape feels especially peaceful. The rustic summerhouse perched on a huge rock outcrop high above the Dene is a focal point in the landscape as well as a place to rest and take in the views. The area’s Billy Johnson Playground is one of the Park’s most distinctive playgrounds, popular for its design inspired by the surrounding landscape.
In addition to the various rock outcrops often used for climbing and exploring, visitors can also explore Dene Slope, a meadow planted with native grasses and wildflowers.
Also in the area
From Alaska to Central Park: Balto the Siberian Husky
In January 1925, a deadly diphtheria epidemic threatened the children of Nome, Alaska. Medicine to stop the outbreak was in Anchorage, nearly 700 miles away. Twenty sled dog teams relayed the medicine from Nenana to Nome, by way of the Iditarod Trail, in just over five days. Balto, a hardy Siberian husky, led the final leg of the trip.
Tags: Monuments / Best for Kids / Art Lovers
Restoration and Maintenance
A Native Meadow in Progress, the Dene Slope Opens to the Public
Tags: Flowers / Pollinators