The most recently renovated area of the park (2014). The project was a one-year $1.6 million renovation of the southeasternmost section of the park that hadn’t been overhauled since the 1930s. NYC Parks revitalized the area by improving public access to pathways near the Billings Arcade and other former estate monuments, incorporated by the Olmsted Brothers into the original park design.
Asphalt pavement, stairs and landings were repaired and drainage, new benches, and lighting were installed. Historic drinking fountains were reconstructed and are now in use. NYC Parks planted a significant conifer/evergreen population to create a one-mile horticultural “Winter Walk” through the park, enhancing the already lovely Pine Lawn.