After a 15-month, $12 million remodel, Belvedere Castle, perched on the highest point of Central Park, will reopen to the public this Friday, June 28, with a first-ever lighting to take place the night before. Belvedere, which means “beautiful view” in Italian, was created by Central Park designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux to give visitors a birds-eye view from Vista Rock. In 1919, the National Weather Service began using the lookout point as offices and a centralized location to measure temperature and rainfall, however after they moved out of the castle in the 1960s, it fell into disrepair and became the object of vandalism.
The castle had already been restored by the Central Park Conservancy once in the 1980s, and once again has undergone renovations that include accessibility and the installation of lighting that will be turned on nightly. While the castle provides panoramic views of Central Park, the best place in the park to view the castle is from Turtle Pond.
Photos: Central Park Conservancy