A much-needed renovation of the running track around the Reservoir addressed systemic issues with the condition and maintainability of one of the most popular running destinations in New York City.
At 106 acres, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir is the largest single landscape feature in Central Park. Constructed in 1862, it was originally one of two receiving reservoirs of the Croton Aqueduct system within the Park's boundaries. These divided the landscape into what the Park's designers referred to as the Upper and Lower Parks. The other reservoir, a smaller, rectangular structure that pre-dated the Park, was decommissioned by the 1930s and replaced by the Great Lawn.
In 1982 the 1.58-mile pedestrian path around the Reservoir, made famous as a spot for jogging by the 1976 movie Marathon Man, was repaved in stone screenings to accommodate its increasing use as a running path by providing a soft surface. The track was previously repaired in 1999, but due to heavy use, it began to erode in various locations, leaving it rutted and uneven. Rainwater regularly pooled on the track, worsening the damage.
The overall design goal of this renovation was to address surface conditions and drainage. The scope of the project included:
- Regrading the track to improve drainage and resurfacing it with stabilized stone screenings
- Reconstructing curbs
- Regrading and seeding the adjacent landscape
- Replacing drinking fountains
- Upgrading lighting infrastructure
Restoration of the RavineOur restoration of the Ravine landscape included a complete reconstruction of paths and infrastructure, restoration of the historic watercourse (the Loch), addition of rustic features, and revegetation of the landscape. These improvements support a more diverse wildlife habitat, embrace historic woodland design elements, and provide a tranquil and scenic experience for the public.
Reconstruction of Tarr-Coyne Wild West PlaygroundOur reconstruction of Tarr-Coyne Wild West Playground was designed to increase play value, improve the playground’s relationship to the Park, and address current safety and accessibility standards.
West 86th-90th Street Landscape and Perimeter RestorationThe restoration of the West 86th to West 90th Street landscape and perimeter revived the area as an open, rolling greensward and restored the adjacent perimeter sidewalk. We enhanced infrastructure, repaired paths, installed new furnishings, added landscape plantings, and improved accessibility to key Park destinations.
Safari Playground ReconstructionOur reconstruction of Safari Playground maintained its beloved theme while introducing new and enhanced play features and improving accessibility.