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Conservatory Water

John B. Moore Conservatory Water in Central Park.

Whether you have a radio powered sailboat or a wind-powered sloop, model sail boating at the Conservatory Water is a delight for participants and observers; be them adults, children or, in one case, a rather notable rodent.

The site is named for a rather massive conservatory that was included in the original plans by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. In the course of its construction city budget cuts forced them to reconsider and instead create an American version the model boat ponds they had seen in Paris. Today radio powered boats as well as uniquely constructed sailboats with large wind driven sails stream across the shimmering waters. A serious sport for many adults it is not uncommon to see little children staring in awe at grown men who have brought their intricate creations to the pond for a sail. The Kerbs Boat House located directly behind the Conservatory Water is a storage house for many large power drive sailboats that can be rented throughout the sailing season.

The area around the pond is home of some of the park’s loveliest foliage. These include Lebanon Cedars, willows, pine and beech trees. It also features the park’s largest display of spring blossoming Cherry Trees, besides the stands on either side of the reservoir. The surrounding benches are the perfect place for either a brief respite from your park site-seeing tour or a more contemplative visit, relaxing while you watch the tiny white . . . → Read More: Conservatory Water