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persimmon fruit

PLANT HIGHLIGHT | American Persimmon

By John-Paul Catusco, Central Park Conservancy Woodlands Manager|16 January 2017
With only six mature specimens, the American persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) is one of the rarest native trees in Central Park. The New York City area and a few locations in western Connecticut are at the persimmon’s extreme northern range. Persimmons are in the family Ebenaceae, which includ...

London Planetree

Trees for Urban Parks: London Plane and Black Cherry

By Institute for Urban Parks|09 January 2017
Trees are the botanical backbone of many urban parks. They create shade, add color, and offer habitats for other species to flourish – crucial functions in any city. In addition to being beautiful, urban trees ease the effects of air and noise pollution by absorbing toxic gases and catching ai...

duck in snow

Winter Stories from Central Park’s Wildlife

By Central Park Conservancy|05 January 2017
You know those ducks in that lagoon right near Central Park South? That little lake? By any chance, do you happen to know where they go, the ducks, when it gets all frozen over? Do you happen to know, by any chance? —Holden Caulfield, Catcher in the Rye Every winter, visitors from all...
Categories:  Wildlife

wood from Atlantic City boardwalk at 110th street playground

Designing and Constructing with Sustainable Materials in Central Park

By Institute for Urban Parks|02 January 2017
What is sustainable development and site design? And how do they influence urban park management? We think of sustainable development as development that meets present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Similarly, sustainable site design applies th...

zone management in central park

Zone Management in Central Park

By Institute for Urban Parks|26 December 2016
The Central Park Conservancy’s operations crews care for 250 acres of lawns, 20,000 trees, seven water bodies, and 80 acres of woodlands. They install hundreds of thousands of plantings of bulbs, shrubs, flowers, and trees annually. They maintain 9,000 benches, 26 ball fields, 21 playgrounds, ...

wildflower meadow

Establishing a Wildflower Meadow

By Institute for Urban Parks|19 December 2016
The Central Park Conservancy is creating a native wildflower meadow on the Dene Slope, a landscape in the southern part of the Park just north of the Central Park Zoo, along the Park’s east side between 66th and 69th Streets. The Dene (an English term meaning valley) is a sequence of grassy kn...

Tea crabapple collage

College Interns Count Emerging Invasives in Central Park

By Institute for Urban Parks|12 December 2016
Our Horticultural Sciences interns work in Central Park for 10 weeks in the summer to learn about the many responsibilities that go into the care of an urban park. Through trainings in plant identification, site assessment, soil science, and sustainable design, they develop essential skills needed t...

Hallett Nature Sanctuary - PDC Before and After

A Year of Improvements: Planning, Design & Construction in Central Park

By Central Park Conservancy|07 December 2016
Central Park is always changing, and thanks to the Central Park Conservancy’s Planning, Design & Construction team, it gets better every year. Whether we are improving access or rebuilding infrastructure, the Conservancy works year-round to preserve the Park. As we kick off December, we are t...

Black-Eyed Susans

PLANT HIGHLIGHT | Black-Eyed Susan

By Institute for Urban Parks|05 December 2016
The black-eyed Susan is a common sight in northeastern summer landscapes. Characterized by alternating leaves and a yellow, daisy-like flower with a dark central disk, it can handle drought with limited effect on its flowering. It can also thrive in a range of conditions, from full sun to part shade...

Central Park Lawn in Fall

Make Central Park a Part of Your Thanksgiving Tradition

By Central Park Conservancy|21 November 2016
As winter brings cold winds and shorter days, it makes sense that this is the season when friends and families gather to create their own lasting memories. Celebrating Thanksgiving in New York City can be especially magical, and we at the Central Park Conservancy want to help you make lasting memori...

fall foliage tree

A Guide to Appreciating Central Park’s Fall Foliage…

By Central Park Conservancy|02 November 2016
The poet William Cullen Bryant called autumn "the year's last, loveliest smile" and there's no question that Central Park in the month of November can bring a smile to any visitor's face. But tree experts (known as arborists) at the Central Park Conservancy observe this yearly spectacle with a deep...
Categories:  Fall, Trees

Pumpkin Flotilla at Night

The Spook-tacular History of the Central Park Pumpkin Flotilla…

By Central Park Conservancy|24 October 2016
On Sunday, October 30, New York City families, bedecked in their Halloween spookiest, will send their homemade jack-o’-lanterns bobbing into the open waters of the Harlem Meer. This cherished tradition is the spectacular dusk-time highlight of the Central Park Conservancy's Halloween Parade an...