Unfortunately, visitors to New York’s Central Park won’t get a chance to visit the iconic Belvedere Castle this year. Members of the Central Park Conservancy have just released a statement saying the famous castle will be closed for restoration work from now until the end of the year.
In addition to routine preservation work, the Central Park Conservancy said they want to improve the castle’s terraces and built a new wooden tower. Construction crews will also work on building a new waterproof drainage system.
The European-inspired Belvedere Castle has a history as long as Central Park itself. Central Park’s co-designer Calvert Vaux actually first dreamt up the designs for this castle in the late 1860s. Vaux’s goal was to create a beautiful building from which guests could get an exceptional panoramic view of the entire park.
The castle sits on Vista Rock in the heart of the park by both the Great Lawn and Turtle Pond. Interestingly, meteorologists used Belvedere Castle in the 1910s before the castle became a tourist draw.
Sadly, many locals trashed Belvedere Castle in the 1960s. The castle was tarnished to such an extent that locals were forced to close it to the public throughout the 70s. Thankfully, the castle re-opened its doors in 1986 and has never looked back since.
While tourists won’t be able to climb up Belvedere Castle this year, there are still plenty of things to see and do in Central Park. Tourism experts recommend taking a gondola ride, visit the Conservatory Garden, and take the kids to the Central Park Zoo.
There’s no official date set for the re-opening of Belvedere Castle as of today.