Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, New York City

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The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir – originally called, and is known by locals as, the Central Park Reservoir – is a decommissioned reservoir in Central Park in the borough of Manhattan, New York City.DescriptionThe JKO Reservoir covers and holds over 1000000000USgal of water. Though no longer used to distribute New York City's water supply, it provides water for the Pool and the Harlem Meer. It is a popular place of interest; there is a 1.58mi jogging track around it and it is also encircled by the park's bridle trail. It is often visited by tourists, especially when its double pink "Yoshino" cherries (Prunus x yedoensis), followed by Prunus serrulata 'Kanzan' cherries, are blooming. The rhododendrons along the "Rhusododendron Mile" were a gift to the city from Mrs Russell Sage, in 1909. It is one of the main ecological sanctuaries in the park, housing more than 20 species of waterbirds: aside from the familiar mallards and Canada geese, there may also be seen coots, mergansers, northern shovelers, ruddy ducks, buffleheads, loons, cormorants, wood ducks, American black ducks, gadwall, grebes, herons and egrets, along with various species of gulls, making it a popular venue for birdwatchers.
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  • The JKO Resevoir is located in the borough of Manhattan stretching from the 86th to 96th Street area. Check out the 1.58 mile jogging track. A great area to stroll and breath in air in natural surroun...  more »
  • Always enjoy doing a lap of the reservoir, strangely peaceful although beware those who get upset at others travelling in the wrong direction!  more »
  • This is such a landmark in Manhattan. Yet is rarely mentioned. I brought my parents for a visit here. We could see the joggers, enjoy the flowers, looking at the water and thinking about the city and ...  more »
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  • A run / jog / hobble around the reservoir at least 3 times a week keeps you trim and is so much better than slogging it out on a treadmill in a sweaty gym. The views of the NYC skyline from here are outstanding. If you are an early bird, a run at dawn is magical in any season. The track is 1.5 miles (1.58miles to be precise) so its easy to record your progress / distance.
  • The most stunning spot in the whole park