Central Park Construction Update: Bethesda Terrace, Cherry Hill and East 76th Street Playground

Published on May 26, 2010

Construction at the Bethesda Terrace.


Construction at the Bethesda Terrace

Although it may be a bit of an eyesore while its occurring, construction and renovations are the only way to improve upon Central Park's beauty.

This spring and summer, two very iconic Central Park locations will be having work done.

First, in the heart of Central Park, is the 1873 Bethesda Terrace's Angel of the Waters Fountain, which is currently veiled in scaffolding.  Part of the Conservancy's effort to maintain the sculpture's bronze and masonry elements, the restoration will improve the fountain's condition.  The work is scheduled to be completed, with the waters flowing again, by mid-June.

Undergoing a slow restoration since 2006 is the Lake and now the Conservancy is focusing on the Cherry Hill shoreline.  This process is expected to continue through the summer months and will be completed in the early fall.  Using a sustainable material called coir logs, crews are working to stabilize the shoreline and restore its naturalistic character, while also rebuilding paths and overhauling storm drainage and irrigations systems.

Also closed, starting on Thursday, May 27, 2010, through the end of the summer, is the East 76th Street Playground.  Named after James Michael Levin, this playground, upon re-opening, will have new toddler equipment, accessible routes, freshly planted landscape and a new water feature. In the meantime, explore the Park's nearby playgrounds: the Pat Hoffman Friedman Playground at East 79th Street or the East 72nd Street Playground.

For more detailed updates on this construction, visit the Central Park Conservancy's website.

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