Stephanie and Fred Shuman Running Track
ElevationAscent: 22' 7 m
Descent: -23' -7 m
High: 119' 36 m
Low: 103' 31 m
GradeAvg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 2% (1°)
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“This short, easy route around historic Central Park's reservoir is enjoyed by walkers and runners of all ages.”— Hilary Barrett
For years, a seven-foot-high chain-link fence obscured the view of the waterscape, and runners can catch glimpses of the 1970s-era state of this track in the film "Marathon Man." When scuba divers discovered a piece of the original fence at the bottom of the reservoir, Central Park Conservancy commissioned a steel fence with cast-iron ornamentation, closely resembling the original. The current fence was completed in 2003, stands four feet high, and has opened up breathtaking views of the park and surrounding cityscapes. The track itself was renovated in early 2015 and now consists of a fine gravel over hard packed dirt.
With little to no elevation changes, this short route is enjoyed by walkers and runners of all ages and becomes crowded during the day.
This track is located in Central Park between 85th Street and 96th Street.
In late April, delicate Yoshino Cherry trees bloom along the east side of the track. Some of the older specimens along this route may be the original trees presented as a gift to the United States by Japan in 1912. In early May, Kwanzan Cherry trees bloom in bright pink along the western side of the reservoir.
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Land Manager: New York City Department of Parks & Recreation