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Central Park is getting a $5 million renovation for its dust bowl

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Rebecca Fontana

Good news, Okies—the Central Park dust bowl will be disappearing soon. The dusty dirt patch between West 86th and 90th streets is getting a $5 million makeover, with renovations to the meadow and pathways in the area.   

Back in the 1960s, Central Park’s Great Lawn was also a dust bowl, but a 1997 renovation restored it to its full glory. Now, it’s the home of concerts, water fights and plenty of other things to do. This new project wants to do the same, turning it into the perfect picnic spot when you don’t want to deal with the crowds in Sheep Meadow.

It’s scheduled to begin this December or January (after fans of fall foliage go home to hibernate). The area will get a new irrigation system, more mulch and plants, handrails for people with disabilities, and upgrades to the eroded pathways, which are from 1989. (That’s the year I was born and yes, this is making me feel old.)


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