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A Look Back 2017

A Look Back: Improving Central Park in 2017

By Central Park Conservancy|07 December 2017
Did you know that the Conservancy has an in-house team of planning, design and preservation professionals who enhance Central Park year-round? From renovating your favorite landscapes to reconstructing historic elements you may have never seen before, we continue to enhance the Park for today’...

Children's District Blog

The Children’s District: Then and Now

By Central Park Conservancy|17 November 2017
With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s an idyllic time to visit Central Park with friends and family. Did you know the Park has offered fun destinations and activities for families for more than 100 years? Families have flocked to Central Park for more than 100 years, and kids...

Runner's Guide Blog

The Runner’s Guide to Central Park

By Central Park Conservancy|02 November 2017
Central Park is a runner’s paradise. In celebration of this month’s TCS New York City Marathon, we’re sharing the best routes and Park tips for runners. Did you know the first New York City Marathon, in 1970, consisted entirely of loops around Central Park? Now, runners pass throug...

Fall Foliage Blog

Where to Find Fall Foliage in Central Park

By Central Park Conservancy|19 October 2017
Each fall, many of Central Park’s roughly 20,000 trees transform into golden shades of yellow, orange, red, and more. It’s one of the Park’s most photogenic times of year, and we’re asked a lot this season about when and where to find the best fall foliage. We’re here t...

Aqueduct Blog

Meeting New York City’s Demand for Water

By Central Park Conservancy|05 October 2017
This year marks the 175th anniversary of the original Croton Aqueduct system, which provided New York City with an abundant supply of fresh water. Officially dedicated in October 1842, the Croton Aqueduct system revolutionized the City. Did you know this remarkable piece of history also involves Cen...

Dene Slope Open Blog

A Native Meadow in Progress, the Dene Slope Opens to the Public

By Central Park Conservancy|21 September 2017
The Dene Slope, a vibrant native meadow that features a trail with rustic seating and stunning views, is now open to the public. West of Billy Johnson Playground and just south of the Balto statue, the Dene Slope is a 1.25-acre area that was previously a weedy, eroded hillside. Now, it’s a gro...

Bedrock Blog

How Geology Influenced Central Park’s Design

By Central Park Conservancy|07 September 2017
Have you ever noticed – or climbed – Central Park’s impressive rock formations? Although it’s true that the Park is manmade, the rocks that you see are not. They are exposed portions of ancient bedrock – solid rock that lies under soil and other loose surface materials....

bethesda terrace

From Bow Bridge to the Mall: Central Park in the Movies

By Central Park Conservancy|03 August 2017
With so many iconic and beautiful settings, Central Park serves as one of the most-filmed locations in the world. It's gorgeous, recognizable, and – of course – synonymous with New York City. In celebration of this month's Film Festival, we take a look at five of the Park's most popular ...

Happy Birthday blog

Happy 164th Birthday Central Park: Reflecting on Years of Memories

By Central Park Conservancy|20 July 2017
On July 21, 1853, the New York State Legislature enacted a law that set aside more than 750 acres of land in Manhattan to create the country’s first major landscaped public park. New York City hasn’t been the same since. Central Park serves as a fun spot to meet friends, a must-see vacat...


From the Next Generation of Park Stewards...

By Institute for Urban Parks|13 July 2017
Each year, hundreds of young people apply to volunteer their time or work in Central Park through our youth education programs. Students learn to value and care for urban parks and their importance to cities through hands-on stewardship of Central Park and by working alongside urban park professiona...

Discover the perfect Central Park playground for your family

Discover the Perfect Central Park Playground for Your Family

By Central Park Conservancy|06 July 2017
With 21 playgrounds that are unique in design and character, Central Park offers play options for children of all ages and interests. It’s easy to find a playground based on location or age (see a map here) — but are you looking for the perfect playground for your children’s person...

The Hallett Nature Sanctuary features a spectacular rustic entrance gate

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. ...