Horse-Lovers Rejoice! Horses (and Horse Crap) to Return to Central Park


The city is planning to bring horseback riding back to Central Park, reports the New York Post. After Claremont Riding Academy closed in 2007, the 4.2 miles of bridle paths in the park had been used mostly by joggers and dog walkers. Now Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe says that riding will be restored, with horses brought to the North Meadow Recreation Center near 97th Street for park-goers to ride. Prices and hours are TBD. Hooray for horse-lovers! Not everyone, it seems, is so psyched, however…

In related news, the New York Times reports that Monty and Pete, geldings that will be ridden by patrol officers and volunteers in the Parks Enforcement Patrol Mounted Auxiliary Unit, will soon be ensconced in a new park stable on the southern side of the Central Park Zoo, off Fifth Avenue. Watch where you tread.

Return of Central Park horseback riding [NYP]
Central Park, Built for and With the Help of Horses, Will Again Offer Them a Home [NYT]