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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...

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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 ...

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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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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, Birds

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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...

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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, ...