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WHAT YOU SHOULD USE IT FOR

  • Romance ninja!
  • Picnics and general merriment
  • Bring Fido along, pets are welcome!
  • Throw the ball/frisbee around, any kind of individual sports are allowed
  • Sunbathe
  • Lazy afternoon naps
  • Relax
  • Propose (especially down by The Pool, under a willow tree, so romantic!)
  • Lawn games

OVERVIEW: Sheep Meadow is Central Park’s largest lawn and “the” place to be to mingle and show off while chilling your way through the summer.

WHAT YOU SHOULD USE IT FOR: Picnics and general merriment; Throw the ball/frisbee around, any kind of individual sports are allowed; Sunbathe; Go Fly a Kite; People-watch; Relax; Mingle with the indigenous fauna; Keep an Eye on Those Acrobats

WHAT NOT TO DO: Sheep Meadow is a designated quiet zone, which means: Dogs are not allowed, except service dogs; you can’t ride your bike around (also, don’t try to roller blade on the grass… that’s not a rule, though maybe it should be); don’t set up actual organized sport competitions; try and keep the music to yourself

CLOSEST BATHROOM: You have two options: a) To the west side, next to Tavern on The Green – brand new facility, very clean, and not everybody knows about it quite yet; b) To the north side, next to Le Pain Quotidien – you might find longer lines here… also, it’s an older structure

LOCATION: West Side from 66th to 69th Streets

TIME: 11am until dusk   SEASON: Mid-April through mid-November

 

OVERVIEW: Most easily accessed from 5th avenue, North Meadow offers plenty of picnic spots as well as sport fields - canine companions are welcome and the whole area is very family-friendly.

WHAT YOU SHOULD USE IT FOR: Picnics and general merriment; Play with your pets; Throw the ball/frisbee around, any kind of individual sports are allowed; Sunbathe; Go Fly a Kite; Family fun--bring the kids along; Relax; Pass judgment on others’ softball skills

WHAT NOT TO DO: North Meadow is not designated as a quiet zone. However, you should always be respectful to the people near you, and try and keep your enjoyment from spoiling someone else’s day.

CLOSEST BATHROOM: Towards the southern end of the meadow, at the North Meadow Recreation Center

LOCATION: Mid-Park from 97th to 102nd    

TIME: Dawn till dusk   SEASON: Year-round

OVERVIEW: Most easily accessed from Central Park West Ave, Great Hill is a picnicker’s paradise, with plenty of smaller, secluded areas far away from tourists and crowds. Ideal for families, couples, and semi-private birthdays.

WHAT YOU SHOULD USE IT FOR: Romance ninja; Picnics and general merriment; Play with your petsThrow the ball/frisbee around, any kind of individual sports are allowed; Family fun--bring the kids along; Sunbathe; Lazy afternoon naps; Relax; Propose (especially down by The Pool, under a willow tree, so romantic!); Lawn games

WHAT NOT TO DO: Great Hill is not designated as a quiet zone. However, you should always be respectful to the people near you, and try and keep your enjoyment from spoiling someone else’s day.

CLOSEST BATHROOM: Around Great Hill you have two options, depending on time of year: a) On the North side of the oval on top of the hill - but it's not open year-round; b) To the East, Lasker Rink – but make sure to know your way around the area before you venture there, it's not a starightforward path. 

LOCATION: West Side from 103rd to 107th Streets

TIME: Dawn till dusk   SEASON: Year-round

OVERVIEW: Right off of 5th Avenue, East Meadow is a lovely haven for families, couples and groups of sporty friends alike. The area is definitely transited, but not overcrowded.

WHAT YOU SHOULD USE IT FOR: Picnics and general merriment; Play with your pets; Throw the ball/frisbee around, any kind of individual sports are allowed; Go fly a kite; Family fun--bring the kids along; Sunbathe; Relax; Lawn games

WHAT NOT TO DO: East Meadow is not designated as a quiet zone. However, you should always be respectful to the people near you, and try and keep your enjoyment from spoiling someone else's day

CLOSEST BATHROOM: To the West, at the North Meadow Recreation Center. To get there you have to go up some stairs, cross the East Drive and keep through for a couple of minutes.

LOCATION: East side from 97th to 100th street. (If you enter the park at 96th you won’t find it, you have to get in on 97th)

TIME: Dawn till dusk   SEASON: Year-round

OVERVIEW: Nestled right in the middle of Central Park, the Great Lawn is home to many a softball field and offers amazing views of the Manhattan skyline as well as the Belvedere Castle. Not too quiet, not too noisy – though you might want to keep an eye on those itinerant foul balls.

WHAT YOU SHOULD USE IT FOR: Picnics and general merriment; Play with your pets; Throw the ball/frisbee around, any kind of individual sports are allowed; Go fly a kite; Family fun--bring the kids along; Sunbathe; Relax; Pass judgment on others’ softball skills

WHAT NOT TO DO: Great Lawn is not designated as a quiet zone. However, you should always be respectful to the people near you, and try and keep your enjoyment from spoiling someone else’s day.

CLOSEST BATHROOM: South-West, at the Delacorte Theater.

LOCATION: Mid-Park from 79th to 85th Street 

TIME: 11am till dusk   SEASON: Mid-April through November

OVERVIEW: Easily accessible from 5th avenue, Cedar Hill is a delightfully quiet and peaceful east-facing slope.

WHAT YOU SHOULD USE IT FOR: Picnics and general merriment; Play with your pets; Romance Ninja; Lazy afternoon naps; Family fun--bring the kids along; Sunbathe; Relax; Lawn games

WHAT NOT TO DO: Cedar Hill is not designated as a quiet zone. However, you should always be respectful to the people near you, and try and keep your enjoyment from spoiling someone else’s day.

CLOSEST BATHROOM: A few different options: a) To the South at the Kerbs Boathouse; b) To the South and a bit West, Loeb Boathouse; c) To the North (82nd & 5th) at the MOMA

LOCATION: East side from 76th to 79th Street 

TIME: Dawn till dusk   SEASON: Year-round 

OVERVIEW: Cherry Hill is a gorgeous, romantic, gentle slope overviewing the Lake, offering amazing picture settings as well as serving as a popular and easy-to-reach rest point for tourists and locals.

WHAT YOU SHOULD USE IT FOR: Picnics and general merriment; Romance Ninja; Lazy afternoon naps; Family fun--bring the kids along; Sunbathe; Relax; Lawn games; Watch all those tourists go nowhere on their row boats (and still bump into each other...)

WHAT NOT TO DO: Cherry Hill is not designated as a quiet zone. However, you should always be respectful to the people near you, and try and keep your enjoyment from spoiling someone else’s day.

CLOSEST BATHROOM: To the East, Bethesda Terrace

LOCATION: Mid-Park at 72nd Street, West of the Bethesda Terrace  

TIME: Dawn till dusk   SEASON: Year-round

OVERVIEW: The Dene is a stretch of gently rolling hills and shaded picnic spots. Paths in this area tend to be very trafficked, but if you're willing to keep clear of Balto's statue and the summerhouse, your weekend afternoon will be absolutely lovely.

WHAT YOU SHOULD USE IT FOR: Picnics and general merriment; Lazy afternoon naps; Play with your pets; Go fly a kite; Throw the ball/frisbee around, any kind of individual sports are allowed; Family fun--bring the kids along; Sunbathe; Relax; Lawn games

WHAT NOT TO DO: The Dene is not designated as a quiet zone. However, you should always be respectful to the people near you, and try and keep your enjoyment from spoiling someone else’s day.

CLOSEST BATHROOM: The Dene is a quite long stretch of land, so depending on where you settle down, you'll have a few different options: a) To the South, Central Park Zoo; b) To the South and a bit West, Wollman Rink; c) To the North and a bit West, Bethesda Terrace

LOCATION: East side, from 66th to 72nd Street  

TIME: Dawn till dusk   SEASON: Year-round

OVERVIEW: Situated on the East side, just below 72nd street and up above the Dene, East Green is a tranquil oasis for summer relax. Absolutely perfect for romantic rendezvous or casual sunbathing, this gorgeous spot will make you forget you actually live in the city that never sleeps.

WHAT YOU SHOULD USE IT FOR: Picnics and general merriment; Romance Ninja; Lazy afternoon naps; Throw the ball/frisbee around, any kind of individual sports are allowed; Family fun--bring the kids along; Sunbathe; Relax; Lawn games

WHAT NOT TO DO: East Green is a designated quiet zone, which means: Dogs are not allowed, except service dogs; you can’t ride your bike around (also, don’t try to roller blade on the grass… that’s not a rule, though maybe it should be); don’t set up actual organized sport competitions; try and keep the music to yourself

CLOSEST BATHROOM: A few different options: a) To the North and a bit West, Bethesda Terrace; b) To the South, Central Park Zoo; c) To the South and a bit West, Wollman Rink

LOCATION: East side between 67th and 72nd street, just off of 5th avenue.  

TIME: Dawn till dusk   SEASON: Year-round

OVERVIEW: The Peter Jay Sharp Children's Glade is a lovely area designed for children to explore nature, arts and culture - tall trees all around and rustic stone & tree trunk benches allow little New Yorkers to immerse themselves in the environment all around. 

WHAT YOU SHOULD USE IT FOR: Kids, kids and more kids fun; Picnics and general merriment; Lazy afternoon naps; Sunbathe; Relax; Lawn games

WHAT NOT TO DO: As you might have guessed, The Peter Jay Sharp Children Glad is not designated as a quiet zone. However, you should always be respectful to the people near you, and try and keep your enjoyment from spoiling someone else’s day.

CLOSEST BATHROOM: A few different options depending on time of year: a)To the East, on the North side of the oval on top of Great Hill - but it's not open year-round; b) To the East, Lasker Rink – but make sure to know your way around the area before you venture there, it's not a starightforward path

LOCATION: West of Great Hill Oval from West 103rd to 106th Street.  

TIME: Dawn till dusk   SEASON: Year-round 

 

OVERVIEW: Pilgrim Hill is a gentle North-facing slope right off of 5th avenue. Not too quiet, not too noisy, this unique location allows for both privacy (if you set up far away from the beaten paths) and people-watching; plus, you can enjoy the slow swaying of the model toy boats down below.

WHAT YOU SHOULD USE IT FOR: Picnics and general merriment; Play with your pets; Throw the ball/frisbee around, any kind of individual sports are allowed; Go fly a kite; Family fun--Bring the kids along; Sunbathe; Relax; Pass judgment on others’ softball skills

WHAT NOT TO DO: Pilgrim Hill is not designated as a quiet zone. However, you should always be respectful to the people near you, and try and keep your enjoyment from spoiling someone else’s day.

CLOSEST BATHROOM: Couple of options: a) Down below (technically North), at the Kerbs Boathouse; b) To the West, at Bethesda Fountain

LOCATION: East side, 72nd street just South of the Kerbs Boathouse. 

TIME: Dawn to dusk   SEASON: Year-round

 

OVERVIEW: Best known for its world-famous John Lennon memorial, Strawberry Fields is a designated quiet zone - although you will find at least one guitarist harmonizing Beatles songs in the vicinity. Shaded through and through by majestic American Helms, Strawberry Fields can be a wonderful picnic spot if you know how to find your way around and avoid the mobs of tourists that generally flod the area.

WHAT YOU SHOULD USE IT FOR: Romance ninja; Picnics and general merriment; Lazy afternoon naps; Relax; Lawn games; Be serenaded by classic Beatles' tunes

WHAT NOT TO DO: Strawberry Fields is a designated quiet zone, which means: Dogs are not allowed, except service dogs; you can’t ride your bike around (also, don’t try to roller blade on the grass… that’s not a rule, though maybe it should be); don’t set up actual organized sport competitions; try and keep the music to yourself

CLOSEST BATHROOM: You have a couple of options, though neither is particularly close: a) To the East, the Loeb Boathouse; b) South and a bit East, next to Le Pain Quotidien

LOCATION: West Side between 71st and 74th streets

TIME: Dawn to dusk   SEASON: Year-round

OVERVIEW: Located between Central Park West Ave and the Great Lawn, the Artur Ross Pinetum features two designated picnic areas, plus basketball courts and volleyball nets. The sweet, pungent smell of the pines will transport to a whole other dimension.

WHAT YOU SHOULD USE IT FOR: Picnics and general merriment; Play with your pets; Throw the ball/frisbee around, any kind of individual sports are allowed; Family fun--bring the kids along; Sunbathe; Lazy afternoon napping; Inhale the sweet resin aroma of the pines and dream of Mediterranean sea-side havens; Relax

WHAT NOT TO DO: The Pinetum is not designated as a quiet zone. However, you should always be respectful to the people near you, and try and keep your enjoyment from spoiling someone else’s day.

CLOSEST BATHROOM: To the South-West, at the Delacorte Theater.

LOCATION: West of the Great Lawn, between 83rd and 86th Street.

TIME: Dawn to dusk   SEASON: Year-round

You came to the right spot to order your official RuedX/uPicnic dinner for Saturday night (July 22nd).  After a long day of dancing, we'll have dinner delivered directly to us at Bethesda Fountain in Central Park, home of our Rueda at the Park events.  Take a look through the options and choose yours so that you can rest easy knowing that you'll have some great food waiting for you just when you want it the most!

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