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About Us

The Central Park Conservancy raises the Park’s more than $85 million annual operating budget and is responsible for the work essential to keeping Central Park beautiful.


The Central Park Conservancy, a private, not-for-profit organization, was formed in 1980 by a group of concerned citizens determined to improve Central Park. Today, we manage Central Park under a contract with the City of New York. Over its 160-year history, the Park has experienced several cycles of restoration and decline. The era of decline in the 1960s and 1970s led to the Central Park Conservancy's formation. The Central Park Conservancy is uniquely qualified to prevent future declines and ensure the Park's care for current and future generations.

Thanks to the generosity of many individuals, corporations, foundations, and the City of New York, the Central Park Conservancy has invested more than $1 billion to date in the Park, making it a model for urban parks worldwide. We are responsible for raising the Park’s more than $85 million annual operating budget, and are responsible for all aspects of Park maintenance, as well as capital improvements and restorations.

With 42 million visits each year to its 843 acres, Central Park is the most frequently visited urban park in the United States. To manage the Park, Conservancy crews aerate and seed lawns; rake leaves; prune and fertilize trees; plant shrubs and flowers; maintain ballfields and playgrounds; remove graffiti; conserve monuments, bridges, and buildings; and care for water bodies and woodlands, by controlling erosion, maintaining the drainage system, and protecting over 150 acres of lakes and streams from pollution, siltation, and algae.

Read The Central Park Effect to learn about Central Park’s contribution to New York City’s economy.

Healthy cities need parks, and parks need management. As the world leader in urban park management, the Conservancy is uniquely positioned to teach what we have learned to park users and managers in order to develop respect and responsibility for urban parks, both locally and globally. The Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Parks was formed in 2013 as the educational arm of the Conservancy. Through a variety of educational programs and learning resources, the Institute teaches people about managing and making good use of urban parks. It is a privilege for us as the caretakers of Central Park to share our experience and expertise with managers, educators, students, and visitors to help shape the future of urban parks.

Learn about the Central Park Conservancy's Management and Board of Trustees.


The mission of the Central Park Conservancy is to restore, manage, and enhance Central Park in partnership with the public.

The Central Park Conservancy aspires to build a great organization that sets the standard for and spreads the principles of world-class park management – emphasizing environmental excellence – to improve the quality of open space for the enjoyment of all. The Central Park Conservancy is committed to sustaining this operating model to provide a legacy for future generations of park users.

 Guiding Principle

 Our Contract with the City of New York

 The City's role in Central Park

 Central Park Conservancy's Governance