New York’s Central Park plays an essential role in the everyday lives of New Yorkers and covers 843 acres of winding paths, sparkling lakes and wide-open spaces for escaping the hustle and bustle of the city.
About Central Park NYC: Arguably one of the most famous parks in the world, Central Park is a manmade wonder. Not only is it the first public park built in America, but it is also one of the most frequently visited, with over 25 million guests per year. Central Park NYC is an urban park in the eastern portion of the central-upper West Side of Manhattan. The park initially opened in 1857, on 778 acres of city-owned land, and it is 840 acres today. In 1858, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux won a design competition to improve and expand the park with a plan they entitled the Greensward Plan. Construction began the same year, continued during the American Civil War, and was completed in 1873. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962, the park is currently managed by the Central Park Conservancy under contract with the city government. The Conservancy is a non-profit organization that contributes 83.5% of Central Park’s $37.5 million annual budget, and employs 80.7% of the park’s maintenance staff. Set in the middle of bustling Manhattan, its grounds serve as a safe haven, not only for athletes, daydreamers, musicians, and strollers, but also for teems of migratory birds each year. One can spend an entire peaceful day roaming its grounds, gazing upon nearly 50 fountains, monuments, and sculptures or admiring its 36 bridges and arches. With recreational facilities abounding, the more energetic won’t have a problem finding a spot to skate, pedal, row, dribble, or climb to his or her heart’s delight. Although Central Park has 21 official playgrounds, it’s like a gigantic jungle gym in its peak season. Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States. Central Park is also home to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo and the Tisch Children’s Zoo. Here, just a few yards from 5th Ave. you’ll find over 130 different species ranging from Snow Leopards to Tropical Birds. A walk around the Zoo’s five plus acres will take you through a variety of habitats, all carefully designed to recreate the natural environment of the animals they house.
- 59th to 110th Streets between Central Park West and 5th Avenue, New York, NY