New Yorkers just gained access to a secret section of Central Park that has been closed off to the public since the 1930s. The four-acre peninsula reopened to parkgoers this week (with limited hours) thanks to the Central Park Conservancy’s Woodlands Initiative.


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The Hallett Nature Sanctuary (originally known as the Promontory) has been closed to the public, and even to Central Park groundskeepers, for decades. As a result, the overgrown area inside the sanctuary is reportedly home to quite a few migrating bird populations, wild coyotes and species of invasive plants like wisteria.

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According to Douglas Blonsky, president and chief executive of the Central Park Conservancy, who spoke to the NY Times, the area was originally closed to the public because Robert Moses, the parks commissioner in 1934, wanted to create a bird sanctuary.

And although the area remains fenced off to preserve the grounds’ natural state, it has been cleaned up a bit to welcome visitors. A new rustic gate was installed and walking pathways have been cleared to allow people to truly enjoy the park’s newly spilled secret.

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+ Hallett Nature Sanctuary

Via The NY Times

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