Great Lawn Landscape

The Great Lawn was built on the site of the Croton Reservoir during the 1930s. While park users generally perceive the Great Lawn landscape as a concentrated collection of destinations for active recreation (most of which date to the Moses era), this region of the Park offers a diverse range of play and landscape experiences. The Great Lawn is a busy ballfield, but it also provides space for family gatherings, picnics, and social play. At the south end of the lawn, the open turf meets Turtle Pond, with its dense plantings, rustic seating, and platform for viewing water, landscape, and wildlife. Attractions in the area include the Delacorte Theatre, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, and the Belvedere Castle. As stone structure set on a large rock outcropping, the Belvedere Castle serves as a magnetic destination with the power to captivate children’s imaginations. It also serves as a visitor center providing predominately nature-based programming. At the north end of the Great Lawn are basketball and volleyball courts. Also in this area is the Pinetum Playground, situated within the Arthur Ross Pinetum, a more serene, wooded setting with the largest collection of conifers in the Park.