Restoration

Preserving New York City's urban oasis
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Featured Project

The New Harlem Meer Center

We are rebuilding the former Lasker Rink and Pool to better integrate the facility into the landscape, offer new and enhanced outdoor activities, and increase access for communities around the north end of Central Park.

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Featured Project

Park Perimeter Restoration

A beautiful, tree-lined six-mile perimeter rings Central Park. Characterized by its hexagonal asphalt pavers and granite blocks laid out in intricate patterns, the perimeter was first paved in the 1930s and 1940s—and most of it hasn’t been restored since.

A view of the Garden seen through the arch of the pergola.
Featured Project

Restoration of the Conservatory Garden

Our restoration of the Conservatory Garden will focus on its hardscapes, architectural features, and utilities—almost all original to the Garden’s 1937 construction.

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North Meadow Center Reconstruction

The Conservancy is in the process of planning a much-needed renovation of the park facility at the North Meadow.

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Featured Project

Reconstruction of the Ramble's Rustic Structures

The next phase of our work to restore the Ramble will be the reconstruction of open-air shelters that once existed at high points in the landscape.

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Bethesda Fountain Restoration

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Harlem Meer Shoreline Restoration & Boardwalk

The Harlem Meer shoreline restoration project will build upon the Central Park Conservancy's work at and around the Harlem Meer, including our 1990 restoration of the Meer, the East 108th Street and East 110th Street Playground projects, and the ongoing Harlem Meer Center project.

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Restoration of Central Park’s Cast-Iron Bridges

The Central Park Conservancy is restoring several of the Park’s cast-iron bridges. This work includes their decorative features, structural elements to ensure stability and longevity, and decking and railing systems. We completed our work on Bow Bridge in January 2024, and we expect to start construction on Gothic Bridge in spring 2024. We are in the process of determining the timeline for Pinebank Arch’s restoration.

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Restoration of West 85th Street Playground

The restoration of West 85th Street Playground will acknowledge the prominence of this playground within the Seneca Village site and re-envision the playground as a play and family gathering space connected to the surrounding landscape.

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Featured Project

Restoration of Grand Army Plaza South

After reconstructing Grand Army Plaza North in 2015, the Conservancy is now comprehensively restoring the south side. The project will include utility and infrastructure improvements, pavement repair, new plantings, and upgraded site furnishings, including the historic benches.

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Featured Project

Delacorte Public Restroom and Accessibility Improvements

The Central Park Conservancy is reconstructing the Delacorte Theater’s public restroom and improving accessibility in the surrounding area. Our work is in tandem with the Public Theater’s reconstruction of the Delacorte Theater, which began in fall 2023. The facility’s public restroom serves as the primary restroom for visitors to the theater and nearby landscapes, including the Great Lawn, the Swedish Cottage, and Shakespeare Garden.

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Featured Project

Great Hill Public Restroom and Accessibility Improvements

The Central Park Conservancy is reconstructing the Delacorte Theater’s public restroom and improving accessibility in the surrounding area. Our work is in tandem with the Public Theater’s reconstruction of the Delacorte Theater, which began in fall 2023. The facility’s public restroom serves as the primary restroom for visitors to the theater and nearby landscapes, including the Great Lawn, the Swedish Cottage, and Shakespeare Garden.

The New Harlem Meer Center

We are rebuilding the former Lasker Rink and Pool to better integrate the facility into the landscape, offer new and enhanced outdoor activities, and increase access for communities around the north end of Central Park.

View Project

Park Perimeter Restoration

A beautiful, tree-lined six-mile perimeter rings Central Park. Characterized by its hexagonal asphalt pavers and granite blocks laid out in intricate patterns, the perimeter was first paved in the 1930s and 1940s—and most of it hasn’t been restored since.

View Project

Restoration of the Conservatory Garden

Our restoration of the Conservatory Garden will focus on its hardscapes, architectural features, and utilities—almost all original to the Garden’s 1937 construction.

View Project

North Meadow Center Reconstruction

The Conservancy is in the process of planning a much-needed renovation of the park facility at the North Meadow.

View Project

Reconstruction of the Ramble's Rustic Structures

The next phase of our work to restore the Ramble will be the reconstruction of open-air shelters that once existed at high points in the landscape.

View Project

Bethesda Fountain Restoration

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Harlem Meer Shoreline Restoration & Boardwalk

The Harlem Meer shoreline restoration project will build upon the Central Park Conservancy's work at and around the Harlem Meer, including our 1990 restoration of the Meer, the East 108th Street and East 110th Street Playground projects, and the ongoing Harlem Meer Center project.

View Project

Restoration of Central Park’s Cast-Iron Bridges

The Central Park Conservancy is restoring several of the Park’s cast-iron bridges. This work includes their decorative features, structural elements to ensure stability and longevity, and decking and railing systems. We completed our work on Bow Bridge in January 2024, and we expect to start construction on Gothic Bridge in spring 2024. We are in the process of determining the timeline for Pinebank Arch’s restoration.

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Restoration of West 85th Street Playground

The restoration of West 85th Street Playground will acknowledge the prominence of this playground within the Seneca Village site and re-envision the playground as a play and family gathering space connected to the surrounding landscape.

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Restoration of Grand Army Plaza South

After reconstructing Grand Army Plaza North in 2015, the Conservancy is now comprehensively restoring the south side. The project will include utility and infrastructure improvements, pavement repair, new plantings, and upgraded site furnishings, including the historic benches.

View Project

Delacorte Public Restroom and Accessibility Improvements

The Central Park Conservancy is reconstructing the Delacorte Theater’s public restroom and improving accessibility in the surrounding area. Our work is in tandem with the Public Theater’s reconstruction of the Delacorte Theater, which began in fall 2023. The facility’s public restroom serves as the primary restroom for visitors to the theater and nearby landscapes, including the Great Lawn, the Swedish Cottage, and Shakespeare Garden.

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Great Hill Public Restroom and Accessibility Improvements

The Central Park Conservancy is reconstructing the Delacorte Theater’s public restroom and improving accessibility in the surrounding area. Our work is in tandem with the Public Theater’s reconstruction of the Delacorte Theater, which began in fall 2023. The facility’s public restroom serves as the primary restroom for visitors to the theater and nearby landscapes, including the Great Lawn, the Swedish Cottage, and Shakespeare Garden.

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Like any living thing, Central Park is constantly changing. The Conservancy is committed to ensuring that this evolution is thoughtful—both considerate of today’s visitors and true to the Park’s original purpose—while tending to all details of the Park’s maintenance and restoration.