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The Story Behind Central Park’s Rustic Architecture

By Central Park Conservancy|15 June 2017
In a city filled with concrete, glass, and steel, it’s a welcome surprise to discover handcrafted rustic benches, bridges, and pergolas in Central Park. Rustic architecture has been an instrumental part of the Park’s design since its creation in 1858, and that tradition continues today. ...

A Brief History

160 Years of Central Park: A Brief History

By Central Park Conservancy|01 June 2017
Central Park serves as a peaceful haven for New Yorkers — an escape from the City grind and a place to encounter nature up-close. Yet the captivating story of how the Park became a world-class destination includes the renovation of swampy land, several periods of decline, and the phenomenal wo...

a group of recycling and garbage receptables in Central Park

How We Keep Central Park Clean

By Central Park Conservancy|05 May 2017
At one time, Central Park was full of litter and graffiti. Steel drums served as trash receptacles. Garbage and recycling trucks crossed onto lawns and pedestrian paths to reach the overflowing bins. The Park is an incredibly different place now. Our 42 million annual visitors cherish the Park as a...

woman running through Central Park in New York City

How Central Park Keeps New York City Healthy

By Central Park Conservancy|25 April 2017
“Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” —Hans Christian Andersen We know parks make us healthier and happier, but how does Central Park contribute to the wellbeing of New York City’s people, plants, and wildlife? Trees Provide C...
Categories:  Trees, Education, Volunteers

5 Tips for Your Next Visit to Central Park, from the Man who Knows it Best (Doug Blonsky, Central Park Conservancy CEO)

5 Tips for Your Next Visit to Central Park, from the Man who Knows it Best

By Central Park Conservancy|05 April 2017
Douglas Blonsky has been a Central Park regular for more than 30 years. In addition to being an Upper East Side resident who walks in the Park every morning (and often many more times throughout the day), he is also the Conservancy’s President and CEO and the Central Park Administrator. That m...

Bethesda Fountain Central Park

Calvert Vaux and the Vision of Bethesda Terrace

By Central Park Conservancy|08 March 2017
This week, we honor Central Park’s lesser-known (but no less visionary!) co-designer, Calvert Vaux. Vaux (rhymes with “Fox”) was the British architect who worked with Frederick Law Olmsted to create the design for Central Park. Although his name lacks the popular recognition of Olm...

fox grape

Plant ID with the Dichotomous Key

By Institute for Urban Parks|13 February 2017
Successful park management hinges on knowing what plants are in your landscape and what kind of care each plant needs to thrive. Accurate identification of a plant allows park managers to know whether they’re dealing with a native or invasive species, which can sometimes look very similar. Or ...

black and white behind two people walking through snow covered path in Central Park with red umbrella

Love in Central Park

By Central Park Conservancy|08 February 2017
Roses are red, violets are blue, Central Park is for lovers… and the romance is far from new! Since the Park first opened, the spirit of love has been coursing through its 843 acres. Countless romantic gestures take place here every day, from proposals to first dates to bench dedications. So,...
Categories:  History, Flowers

White Wood Aster

Invasive Species Management in Central Park (Part 2)

By Shanna Blanchard, Coordinator of Career Development Programs at the Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Parks|06 February 2017
One of the Conservancy’s current invasive species management projects, the Hallett Nature Sanctuary now has many different plant species within its gates as a result of our efforts. Over one hundred native species have been planted in just the past few years. The Hallett looks far different fr...

Statue Preservation Blog: Ice Festival Ice Statue Carving

Celebrating (and Preserving) the Statues and Monuments of Central Park

By Central Park Conservancy|03 February 2017
On February 11, a crowd of thousands in their winter warmest will gather at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park to witness a shimmering spectacle: using saws, picks, and chisels, the ice-carving artists of Okamoto Studio will transform more than 6,000 pounds of ice into a replica of the Park&rsqu...

Japanese Knotwood

Should We Embrace Invasive Species? (Part 1 of a 2-post series)

By Shanna Blanchard, Coordinator of Career Development Programs at the Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Parks|30 January 2017
There have been numerous debates that call attention to the energy and time organizations spend managing invasive species populations and the long-term value of that investment. The New York State Department of Conservation defines invasive species as those with the ability to thrive and spread aggr...

Winter Jasmine

PLANT HIGHLIGHT | Winter Jasmine

By Institute for Urban Parks|23 January 2017
New York City saw record warmth in 2015–including several December days with high temperatures in the 60s. A recent walk in the Park may have felt and looked like spring – particularly if you stumbled upon some lovely yellow blooms. They’re Jasminum nudiflorum, or winter jasmine. T...