Miniature yachts set sail inside Central Park

Most New Yorkers know this body of water as a the sailboat pond, a peaceful spot near Central Park’s East 72nd Street entrance that often has toy sailing boats gliding along the surface.


But Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the park’s brilliant designers, conceived it as the “Conservatory Water,” a pond that was originally supposed to be part of a large glass conservatory, or greenhouse.

Financial problems made building the conservatory impossible. But the water remains, a lovely place to sit and enjoy the park’s gentle beauty.

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2 Responses to “Miniature yachts set sail inside Central Park”

  1. Deirdre Says:

    The guys of the Central Park Model Yacht Club would surely bristle at the use of the word “toy.” I spent many happy Saturday mornings up there in the late sixties-early seventies climbing trees, sculptures and playing while my father stalked around the pond muttering about how his model boat wouldn’t tack.

  2. mvalspeed Says:

    This evening, I’ve awaken with so many recollections. See the highlight of “Miniature yachts set sail inside Central Park” allowed me to revisit my own adventures at the Conservatory Pond. I had a red hulled sail boat with white sails. It was around 1965 and I and my cousins would chase and blow, attempting to change the winds by will, the persistent return back to shore…or wait and wait even more, for the doldrums to end so we could be back for dinner.

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