Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, New York City

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The former first lady's favorite jogging spot, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in the heart of the city features a 2.5 km (1.6 mi) jogging track and bridle path around its perimeter. The reservoir was formerly used to a water source for the city, originally completed in 1862. In 1993 it was decommissioned, and now serves as a scenic place for a leisurely stroll or jog. The reservoir supports a number of waterbirds, including Canadian geese, loons, ducks, herons, and coots, making the site popular among birdwatchers. The park is also known for its delicate pink cherry trees that blossom in spring and its rhododendron garden. Relax on a park bench with a picnic lunch while taking in the Manhattan skyline from afar. Plan your Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir visit and explore what else you can see and do in New York City using our New York City trip planner .
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  • Attractions in the Park come out sometimes as a filming location for the movie. In the big city even OASIS. Around the pond is always full of joggers who.
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  • The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir was built in the 1860’s as an emergency water source for New York City and is located in Manhattans Central Park. The reservoir is 40 feet deep and holds a bil...  more »
  • When you visit Central Park, it is essential to approach this immense Lake in the middle of the Park. Ideal for walking, running, or touring bike. More than one century ago, it served to provide water to the city and is now one of the most visited sites for its beautiful view of the Lake, the forest and the buildings that are around the Park. The fence that surrounds it is a reproduction of the original.
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  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir People in New York jog anywhere, including on a busy bridge next to lots of cars with not so great air. On the other hand, this running track inside the Central Park offers serenity. I am too lazy to run, but I love walking on this track, looking at the skyscrapers that’s only a few miles away, yet tranquility in the area makes me feel as if I am in Westchester. I love looking at the reservoir while walking, especially when the water fled away with the sun; I am sure Arthur Rimbaud would have appreciated the scene. The track isn’t rubber made, so it gets wet after it rains / snows, but you see a number of joggers, regardless of conditions. It’s just a reservoir surrounded by a track, so there’s nothing too much about this area to be touristy. Yet, I suppose the view of the skyscrapers with the water attracts people. Along with the joggers, you do occasionally see people taking pictures. On the eastern side, there are a few touristy spots in the neighborhood, including the museums such as Guggenheim Museum, the Jewish Museum, the MET, and the Frick. If from outside the city and touring around the area, walking a few more minutes to the reservoir gives an additional experience!
  • Favorite running track in NYC! Cherry blossoms in the spring, fall foliage in autumn, sunsets and sunrises, people watching... and many raccoons to keep you on your toes.
  • The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis reservoir loop is my very favorite run in the city! Flat dirt path and just over 1.58 mis. per loop. Scenic water views, water fountains nearby & a clock at the top of the steps near benches . . I've done 3 NYC marathons & trained in GA & FL for them all. If I were to train in NYC, it would be loops around the reservoir. It's a convenient walk from either upper east side or upper west side NYC.
  • Great place to walk, run or just rest. It is huge and has width of the Central Park itself. The fountain in the middle is just amaizing and in the winter birds come closer to it since this is the only uncovered spot on the lake.
  • Man-made "natural" lake amid a great city. When you are in Central Park, stop by this place first. Walking around it is a great experience.
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