Central Park Nature Preserve Renovation

Down in the southeast corner of Central Park, between the Gapstow Bridge and the Ice Rink, lies a fenced off section of the park. This would be the Hallett Nature Sanctuary. Typically this area is locked off and you can only get in with a guided tour or class. Last month, they had an open house, so I went over to explore one of the few remaining places of the park I have never set foot in. I learned from the guides that this area is under renovation so that down the line it can be opened up to the public (probably 10 years or so down the line) and that it had gone through some heavy damage from Super Storm Sandy last year. Currently, it is not the most picturesque of spots, but it definitely has potential.

This waterfall marks the southwest end of the preserve.

This waterfall marks the southwest end of the preserve.

As soon as we walk in we are met by damage.

As soon as we walk in we are met by damage.

Lots of firewood waiting to be cut up.

Lots of firewood waiting to be cut up.

The paths were marked with thin logs.

The paths were marked with thin logs.

Fighting erosion and building turf.

Fighting erosion and building turf.

The top ridge.

The top ridge.

The view from the top ridge down to the pond.

The view from the top ridge down to the pond.

Funky looking wood.

Funky looking wood.

They were working while we were in there.

They were working while we were in there.

An indication that the waterfall isn't real. Oops.

An indication that the waterfall is man made. Oops.

It's very calm in here.

It’s very calm in here.

The gardner's tools all set for spring.

The gardner’s tools all set for spring.

Next week: Back to the b&w shot-a-thon.

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About nsantasier

I am an actor, fight choreographer, playwright, and photographer based in and around NYC. I shoot on a Canon Rebel XS with either a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens or a Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom lens as they are the only lenses I currently own.
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