Central Park’s Belvedere Castle will close for a major restoration on Monday, February 26, several months later than it was originally scheduled to shutter. The namesake conversancy that manages the park made an announcement about its closure on Twitter yesterday.
In April last year, the Conservancy announced its plan to temporarily shutter the castle as part of an overall effort to restore several structures within the park. At the castle specifically, some of the upgrades will include making it ADA accessible, cleaning the castle’s exterior masonry, installing new drainage and waterproofing systems, restoring the wood pavilions on the main plaza and upper terraces, recreating a wood tower that was once part of the larger pavilion in the northwest corner, and replacing the interior bluestone floors and ceilings, among several other upgrades.
In order to make this a reality, the Conservancy launched a $300 million fundraising effort in the summer of 2016. While announcing the repairs on the castle last April, the Conservancy had already managed to raise $112 million. The castle will reopen to the public sometime next year.