East Meadow

An open lawn punctuated by rock outcrops, the East Meadow is a destination for relaxing, picnicking, sunbathing, and playing casual lawn games.

This area was originally envisioned as part of an arboretum that was never built. But it has always been a place of magnificent trees, including some of Central Park’s prized American elms.

The East Meadow is one of the Park’s three major meadows—expansive open spaces that were intended to evoke the countryside and provide a respite from the confined conditions of urban life. In 2010, the Central Park Conservancy restored the meadow and installed three clay-surfaced areas that allow for more active play in concentrated areas.