No official date is provided by Central Park as to when they turn water fountains on and off. And that is because it’s slightly dependent upon temperatures.
Timeline of When Central Water Fountains Turn On and Off
Read below to see if Central Park’s water fountains are on or off. 👇
FALL 2023 UPDATE #2: As of November 15, 2023, most of the water fountains are now off. There are a couple still on, like on the main drive near the Shakespeare Garden, but most are off!
FALL 2023 UPDATE: As of November 8, 2023, most of the water fountains are still on. Some are off, but most are still on!
SPRING 2023 UPDATE: Yes, the water fountains are now ON in Central Park, as of March 27, 2023.
SPRING 2023 UPDATE #2: The fountains are off again as of March 31, 2023
They usually turn on in April and then off in November, but it truly can vary. The weather, a possible drought, etc. could determine when they’re turned off.
There are some drinking water fountains that stay on year-round but even that is disputed and can change. Many people recommend the water fountain immediately east of the East Drive near 101st street.
There is also one just east of Rumsey Playfield that is on year round AND has a dog bowl part.
Shouldn’t there be a system to track this? I guess that’s one of the positive parts of social media!
Recap of When Central Park Water Fountains Turn On/Off
Right now, November 15, 2023, the water fountains are off in Central Park.
See ya in spring to enjoy the delicious (truly) NYC water! 💧