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NY Central Park castle in $6m restoration

Associated Press logo Associated Press 28/06/2017

An iconic castle in New York City's Central Park is set to undergo a $US6 million ($A7.9 million) restoration this northern autumn.

NY1 television reports Belvedere Castle, a 19th century centrepiece of the park and one of its most visited sites, will be cleaned and waterproofed later this year.

The Central Park Conservancy says it also will install a new drainage system and rejuvenate the original wood designs of the castle's pavilions.

Chief landscape architect Christopher Nolan says the castle was last restored in 1983. He says it was a flagship effort in restoring the park, but Belvedere Castle has not had a similar restoration undertaking since that time.

Officials say they also plan to add new playground equipment to the Billy Johnson Playground on the eastern side of the park.

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