Central Park Will Finally Open A Secret Section To The Public
Central Park will finally open a secret section to the public. Yes, Central Park from Manhattan actually had a secret section you did not know about. This secret part of the park was closed off since the 1930s and was never reopened. Although Central Park was renovated many times since then, this part remained untouched by local authorities. Until now.
The Hallett Nature Sanctuary will open its gates to the public this summer, unveiling one of the park’s longest lasting secrets and untouched areas. Aside from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, the soon to be reopened Sanctuary is the only permanently fenced-off section of Central Park, NYC.
“The story is, Robert Moses (Parks Commissioner back in the 1930s) closed it off because he wanted it to turn into a bird sanctuary,” said the CPC’s Douglas Blonsky, quoted by the Gothamist.
The Sanctuary, located by the Pond, will be opened during certain hours, thanks to CPC’s $40 million Woodland’s Initiative aiming at revitalizing less popular and unknown areas of the 843-acre park from New York City.
“The Hallett Nature Sanctuary is a perfect example of how even the wildest, most naturalistic habitats in Central Park require constant planning and care in order to thrive.” according to the CPC’s official website. While this part of the park has been neglected for decades, there are still a few upsides to this story. Invasive plants have taken over the area offering a scenery that shows us how the beautiful way in which nature takes back what’s hers.
Some weeding has been done in order to make the area more attractive, but all in all, people will get to see how a part of the park looked like in the 1930s. The newly opened Sanctuary is located on the East Side, between 60th-62nd Street, south of Wollman Rink. Be sure to check the visiting hours right here.