A Secret Garden in Central Park Just Re-Opened to the Public

You can now visit this four-acre section for the first time in 82 years.

ByDavid Miller
May 12, 2016, 1:48 PM

— -- There is a secret garden in Central Park that has been locked away behind a fence since 1934, but it's finally been re-opened to the public.

For the past 82 years, this four-acre woodland area has been a bird sanctuary and a home of native plants, but visitors were not allowed to set foot in the mysterious area.

However, after a 15-year restoration process by the Central Park Conservancy, the public is now welcome to walk the flowing paths of the Hallett Nature Sanctuary, up the wild slopes under the chirping birds and among the native plants of the area.

Millions of park visitors have passed the locked gates of the sanctuary over the years, which is located in one of the most popular areas of the park, just south of the famous Wollman ice skating rink.

Visiting hours are limited, and to preserve the tranquility, space is limited as well. You can find out more here.

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