Central Park is an urban park located at the center of Manhattan in New York City. Since 1980 it has been managed by a nonprofit organization called the Central Park Conservancy. It is a well known landmark and popular tourist destination with about 25 million visitors every year. The park is 843 acres in size and features landscaped grounds, lakes and ponds that have been designed to appear as natural as possible. The park also features walking and running tracks, playgrounds, a zoo, a wildlife sanctuary, amphitheater, the Carousel and 2 ice skating rinks (1 converts into a swimming pool in the summer). The park was initially opened in 1857, but it was decided that it should be improved and expanded so a design competition was held.
Who designed New York’s Central Park?
The 1858 design competition was won by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux who created a plan that they called the Greensward Plan. In the next 15 years the park was transformed to create this plan by a number of people. Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux were heavily involved in the process, and we joined by architect Jacob Wrey Mould, engineer George Waring, master gardener Ignaz Anton Pilat and city planner Andrew Haswell Green. The Greensward plan was completed in 1873.
Did you know?
Central Park is the one of the most commonly filmed locations in the world. Over 300 films have been shot within the park.
Graffiti in Central Park is not tolerated and it is the goal of the operators of the park to remove it within 24 hours.