Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir

Located at 86th Street, this tranquil destination in Central Park offers panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline. Bikes, dogs and strollers are not allowed on the 1.58 mile track that encircles the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, making it a very popular spot for serious runners.

The reservoir covers 106 acres, which is 1/8th of the park’s surface. Once called the Central Park Reservoir, it holds over a billion gallons of water. In 1994 it was renamed for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to honour her contributions to New York City. Jackie O jogged here frequently (the reservoir was in clear view of her Fifth Avenue apartment) as did Bill Clinton and many other notable people.

Stunning Views

The track, which runs from 86th to 96th Streets, offers runners some of the best views of the Manhattan skyline without having to leave the city. The reservoir is also popular with birdwatchers as species such as herons, egrets and loons are spotted on a regular basis.

Water Supply

Built in 1862, the reservoir at one time provided clean water for the city. While this body of water no longer carries out this function, it still provides water to Central Park spots like the Loch, the Harlem Meer and Central Park’s swimming pool.

Visiting Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir

The track/reservoir is located in Central Park at 86th Street. The reservoir's main entrance is located east of 90th Street. For more information visit the Central Park website.