The Reservoir is home to one of Central Park's most iconic running routes. Bill Clinton, Madonna, and Jackie Kennedy Onassis—for whom the Reservoir was named in 1994—have all jogged the surrounding 1.58-mile track. Countless others have opted for a slower stroll around this vast man-made lake, with a historic fountain as its center and a classic backdrop courtesy of the Upper West Side skyline.

When it was built in the 1860s, it was the world's largest man-made lake. At 40 feet deep with a billion-gallon capacity, the Reservoir is more than just a pretty landscape. It originally served as a backup to the Croton water system’s Receiving Reservoir. Every day, hundreds of millions of gallons flowed from the Croton Aqueduct through three gatehouses — one on the south end and two on the north end—which still stand today.

Though the Reservoir provided an ample supply at the time, it's speculated that a modern-day New York City would drain the Reservoir in just one day. In 1993 the Reservoir was retired as a water source though it remains a destination for New Yorkers and tourists alike.


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