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Billy Johnson Playground

Revamping Billy Johnson Playground

By Tricia Kang|12 November 2018
Billy Johnson Playground, one of Central Park’s most beloved play spaces, is now open! Located on the east side of the Park at 67th Street, the playground’s distinct rustic style and unique features make it a favorite destination for kids in Central Park. Billy Johnson Playground was ...

Discovering Paul Manship in Central Park

Discovering Paul Manship in Central Park

By Marie Warsh|01 November 2018
Welcoming visitors to the Tisch Children’s Zoo is the Lehman Gates, a fanciful entrance that fittingly celebrates the interaction of children and animals. Three granite pillars are topped by a long bronze sculpture in a form of a spiraling vine that integrates animals and human figures, provid...

The Ramble: ‘A Sense of Mystery’ Across 36 Acres

The Ramble: ‘A Sense of Mystery’ Across 36 Acres

By Marie Warsh|18 October 2018
At the very center of Manhattan Island, near the middle of Central Park, is a place with almost no signs of the City. Instead of the relentless street grid is an intricate network of paths that winds through a densely wooded landscape. The trees block any views of the surrounding skyline, and the so...

red foliage

What Are Central Park’s Most Colorful Fall Trees?

By Jessica Sain-Baird|04 October 2018
Central Park is home to more than 170 species of trees. From American elm to scarlet oak, many of them feature vibrant fall foliage. In appreciation of this photogenic time of year, we asked Alan Clark, Conservancy arborist, to tell us what trees you should look for this autumn and where to find ...
Categories:  Insider Tips, Fall, Trees

Stephen McConkey

An Outdoor Classroom: College Internships in Central Park

By Jessica Sain-Baird|20 September 2018
Each summer, the Conservancy provides 20 college students with paid, full-time internships in Central Park. Working side-by-side with Conservancy staff, students gain hands-on experience in areas such as public programs, horticulture, and landscape architecture, while developing a deeper understandi...
Categories:  Students

birders in the woods

The Beginner’s Guide to Birdwatching in Central Park

By Jessica Sain-Baird|06 September 2018
Located along the Atlantic Flyway, Central Park welcomes more than 270 bird species each year. Many birds live in the Park year-round, with others making an important stop in the Park to rest and feed during spring and fall migrations. Just in time for autumn, discover how to spot and appreciate the...
Categories:  Birds, Things to See and Do


From the Mailbag: Bridges, Arches, and Fall Foliage

By Jessica Sain-Baird|16 August 2018
Have questions about Central Park? On occasion, we gather curious inquiries from Park lovers on our Instagram Story. Read our responses below to some recent questions — on everything from the Park’s bridges and arches to when you can expect colorful fall foliage — then tell us what...


What’s Blooming This Summer in Central Park

By Jessica Sain-Baird|26 July 2018
Between the cheerful flowers of spring and the vibrant foliage of fall, a variety of plants bloom during Central Park’s lively summer months. Visit these must-see spots in the Park this summer to find picturesque blooms. In addition to lilies, you’ll find hydrangeas, aster...

Frederick Douglass

A History of Monuments in Central Park

By Marie Warsh|26 July 2018
Central Park’s First Monuments Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux’s original design for Central Park did not include any monuments. The designers broke from the European precedent of formal parks and gardens embellished with statues and monuments and conceived of the Park as an id...

the mall

The Woman Suffrage Monument in Context

By Marie Warsh|26 July 2018
Last week, the Statue Fund, the sponsors of a monument to women’s suffrage, announced that artist Meredith Bergmann was chosen as the winner of the design competition for the monument, which is slated to be installed in Central Park in 2020. The monument will depict Elizabeth Cady Stanton and ...

Bethesda Terrace Summer

How Central Park Was Designed as a Park for the People

By Tricia Kang|19 July 2018
This month, we celebrate the 165th anniversary of the New York State Legislature setting aside the land to create Central Park. The intention behind that historic act was to transform rock outcrops, swamps, and marshland into “a public place” that would provide a beautiful and democratic...

The History of Central Park’s North End

The History of Central Park’s North End

By Jessica Sain-Baird|21 June 2018
Before it became Central Park, the Park’s north end served an important role in the early history of the United States. In celebration of Independence Day, get to know this area’s rich past, which includes appearances from General George Washington and several military fortifications &md...