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The Hair-Raising History of the Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla

By Hannah Burke|03 October 2019
The Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla is a cherished annual tradition that the Conservancy has presented in... Read more  


The Hair-Raising History of the Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla

By Hannah Burke|03 October 2019
The Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla is a cherished annual tradition that the Conservancy has presented in... Read more  


New Pool and Rink to Expand Recreational Opportunities

By Joe Reid|18 September 2019
The Conservancy has unveiled its capstone project of its decades-long work in the north end of Centr... Read more  


Kid-Friendly Adventures in Central Park

By Hannah Burke|29 August 2019
It’s nearing the end of summer, and you know what that means — it’s back–to&... Read more  


Meet the Summer Interns of the Conservancy

By Amelia Roth-Dishy|15 August 2019
If you’ve been in Central Park recently, chances are you’ve interacted with some of the ... Read more  


Hidden Histories: 6 Little-Known Designs for Central Park

By Cynthia Brenwall|18 July 2019
Built as an urban oasis for a rapidly growing city, Central Park is filled with an eclectic mix of b... Read more  


Stories from Central Park

By Marissa Castrigno|04 July 2019
At any moment during the day, there are thousands of people in Central Park — on its lawns, at... Read more  


The Future Is Green: Geothermal Energy at Belvedere

By Marissa Castrigno|27 June 2019
As part of the recent restoration of the Belvedere, the Conservancy sought to solve the problem of h... Read more  


A ‘Beautiful View’: The History of the Belvedere

By Kurt Adams|20 June 2019
When the Belvedere opened 150 years ago, it provided visitors with some of the most sweeping views o... Read more  


A Look at LGBTQ History in Central Park

By Marissa Castrigno|24 May 2019
Central Park has a long and storied history with the LGBTQ community, starting with the commission o... Read more  


A Place to Reflect: Honoring Veterans in Central Park

By Marissa Castrigno|16 May 2019
Central Park is an escape from the bustling city — and a place to rest, relax, and, sometimes,... Read more  


Ready, Set, Safari: A Beloved Playground Reopens

By Marissa Castrigno|13 May 2019
Safari Playground gives children the feeling of escape and adventure while climbing atop and around ... Read more  


The Competition: 33 Plans for Central Park in 1858

By Marissa Castrigno|18 April 2019
The Park that we know and love today was designed during a competition run by the Commissioners of C... Read more  


New Yorkers Celebrate Spring in Central Park

By Marissa Castrigno|22 March 2019
A full day of free special events and programs unfolded across Central Park on March 20 to celebrate... Read more  


How to Spend Spring in Central Park

By Marissa Castrigno|20 March 2019
A new season has arrived, and our staff has prepared for months to make Central Park a welcoming spr... Read more  


Art, Activism, and More: How Women Have Influenced Central Park

By Jessica Sain-Baird|07 March 2019
Did you know one of Central Park's most popular statues was created by a woman? Or that more than 10... Read more  


The Beginner’s Guide to Photography in Central Park

By Hannah Mrakovčić|21 February 2019
Central Park is one of the most Instagrammed landmarks in the world — and millions of visitors... Read more  


Uncovering the Stories of Seneca Village

By Marie Warsh|07 February 2019
For decades, scholars and archaeologists have worked to resurrect the history of Seneca Village, a p... Read more  


At Home with the Year-Round Residents of Central Park

By Jessica Sain-Baird|31 January 2019
With winter underway, Central Park’s animals are embracing their cold weather routines —... Read more  


From the Mailbag: Visiting Central Park in the Winter

By Jessica Sain-Baird|03 January 2019
This time of year — with temperatures dropping and snow frequently in the forecast — we ... Read more  


Restoring Central Park in 2018

By Jessica Sain-Baird|06 December 2018
All year long, the Conservancy's team of historians, designers, planners, and architects works to im... Read more  


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... Read more  


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 f... Read more  


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 s... Read more  


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 th... Read more  


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 Centra... Read more  


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 ... Read more  


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 ... Read more  


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 desi... Read more  


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 du... Read more  


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 art... Read more  


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 l... Read more  


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 hist... Read more  


10 Ways to Be Active This Summer in Central Park

By Jessica Sain-Baird|07 June 2018
With the warm weather, lush green lawns, and bustling atmosphere of summer — not to mention th... Read more  


8 Secrets of Central Park

By Jessica Sain-Baird|24 May 2018
Central Park can surprise even lifelong New Yorkers with secluded spots and enthralling secrets. Nex... Read more  


Our New CEO and the Conservancy’s Next Era

By Simone Silverbush|03 May 2018
Elizabeth (“Betsy”) W. Smith, the Central Park Conservancy’s new President and CEO... Read more  


Where to Find Spring Blooms in Central Park

By Jessica Sain-Baird|19 April 2018
Each spring, Central Park’s flowers bring bursts of color to New York City. Looking for some o... Read more  


Secrets of Shakespeare Garden

By Jessica Sain-Baird|05 April 2018
Tucked away on the west side of Central Park between 79th and 80th Streets is Shakespeare Garden. Na... Read more  


Tips from Central Park’s Volunteers

By Jessica Sain-Baird|22 March 2018
Our green-shirted volunteers are everywhere in Central Park: gardening, greeting visitors on foot an... Read more  


From the Mailbag: Solitude, Sports, and Skyline Views

By Jessica Sain-Baird|01 March 2018
What have you always wanted to know about Central Park? When we recently posed this question on our ... Read more  


10 Date Ideas in Central Park

By Jessica Sain-Baird|08 February 2018
Central Park has always been home to romance — did you know a popular path for couples named L... Read more  


How the Obelisk Made Its Home in Central Park

By Jessica Sain-Baird|01 February 2018
The Obelisk, also known as Cleopatra's Needle, arrived in Central Park more than 130 years ago. Stan... Read more  


The Story of Seneca Village

By Jessica Sain-Baird|18 January 2018
Before Central Park was created, the landscape along what is now the Park’s perimeter from Wes... Read more  


The Past, Present, and Future of Balto

By Jessica Sain-Baird|04 January 2018
Central Park is home to an important collection of more than 50 sculptures and monuments, with many ... Read more  


20 Ways to Enjoy Winter in Central Park

By Jessica Sain-Baird|21 December 2017
Don’t let the cold keep you from Central Park this winter! With fun, year-round destinations l... Read more  


A Look Back: Improving Central Park in 2017

By Jessica Sain-Baird|07 December 2017
Did you know that the Conservancy has an in-house team of planning, design and preservation professi... Read more  


The Children’s District: Then and Now

By Jessica Sain-Baird|17 November 2017
With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s an idyllic time to visit Central Park with friends a... Read more  


The Runner’s Guide to Central Park

By Jessica Sain-Baird|02 November 2017
Central Park is a runner’s paradise. In celebration of this month’s TCS New York City Ma... Read more  


Where to Find Fall Foliage in Central Park

By Jessica Sain-Baird|19 October 2017
Each fall, many of Central Park’s roughly 18,000 trees transform into golden shades of yellow,... Read more  


Meeting New York City’s Demand for Water

By Jessica Sain-Baird|05 October 2017
This year marks the 175th anniversary of the original Croton Aqueduct system, which provided New Yor... Read more  


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

By Jessica Sain-Baird|21 September 2017
The Dene Slope, a vibrant native meadow that features a trail with rustic seating and stunning views... Read more  


How Geology Influenced Central Park’s Design

By Jessica Sain-Baird|07 September 2017
Have you ever noticed – or climbed – Central Park’s impressive rock formations? Al... Read more  


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

By Jessica Sain-Baird|03 August 2017
With so many iconic and beautiful settings, Central Park serves as one of the most-filmed locations ... Read more  


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

By Jessica Sain-Baird|20 July 2017
On July 21, 1853, the New York State Legislature enacted a law that set aside more than 750 acres of... Read more  


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 ou... Read more  


Discover the Perfect Central Park Playground for Your Family

By Jessica Sain-Baird|06 July 2017
With 21 playgrounds that are unique in design and character, Central Park offers play options for ch... Read more  


The Story Behind Central Park’s Rustic Architecture

By Jessica Sain-Baird|15 June 2017
In a city filled with concrete, glass, and steel, it’s a welcome surprise to discover handcraf... Read more  


160 Years of Central Park: A Brief History

By Tricia Kang|01 June 2017
Central Park serves as a peaceful haven for New Yorkers — an escape from the City grind and a ... Read more  


How We Keep Central Park Clean

By Jessica Sain-Baird|05 May 2017
At one time, Central Park was full of litter and graffiti. Steel drums served as trash receptacles. ... Read more  


How Central Park Keeps New York City Healthy

By Jessica Sain-Baird|25 April 2017
“Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” &m... Read more  


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 ... Read more  


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... Read more  


Love in Central Park

By Tricia Kang|08 February 2017
Roses are red, violets are blue, Central Park is for lovers… and the romance is far from new!... Read more  


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 Sanc... Read more  


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 i... Read more  


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 mana... Read more  


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... Read more  


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 n... Read more  


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 habita... Read more  


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, ... Read more  


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? W... Read more  


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, 18,000 trees, sev... Read more  


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 i... Read more  


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 th... Read more  


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... Read more  


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 alternati... Read more  


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 an... Read more  


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 quest... Read more  


Sculpted Nature: Landscape Architecture in Central Park

By Central Park Conservancy|12 October 2016
A popular misconception of Central Park is that its 843 acres are the last remaining natural land in... Read more  


The People’s Gates to the People’s Park

By Central Park Conservancy|06 September 2016
Passing through the gates of Central Park is a seamless transition from noisy urban streets to a pea... Read more  


Central Park: A Research Guide

By Institute for Urban Parks|31 August 2016
Since 1980, the Central Park Conservancy has worked to restore and manage Central Park. This effort ... Read more  


Creating a Wildflower Meadow in the Dene

By Institute for Urban Parks|24 August 2016
How do you establish a meadow of native wildflowers in an urban park that gets over 42 million visit... Read more  


Six Principles of Turf Care

By Institute for Urban Parks|17 August 2016
With a steady stream of visitors from 6:00 am to 1:00 am daily, Central Park's turf gets heavily use... Read more  


Fostering Public Engagement with Urban Flora

By Institute for Urban Parks|10 August 2016
What would an urban park be without its flora? From the shade of a tree's canopy to the sweet smell ... Read more  


ROOTS in the Hallett Nature Sanctuary

By Institute for Urban Parks|03 August 2016
Surrounded by the Pond at the southeast corner of Central Park is the four-acre Hallett Nature Sanct... Read more  


Cultivating a Pollinator Garden in an Urban Park

By Institute for Urban Parks|27 July 2016
Over fifty species of butterflies have been seen in Central Park, including black swallowtails and m... Read more  


Leafing Out in Central Park

By Institute for Urban Parks|11 April 2016
Now that spring is here, Central Park’s trees are beginning to display their first hints of gr... Read more  


Early Spring Pruning in an Urban Park

By Institute for Urban Parks|01 April 2016
Spring has arrived in Central Park, which means Conservancy gardeners are busy pruning our ornamenta... Read more  


Q&A with Regina Alvarez of the Central Park Flora Project

By Institute for Urban Parks|29 March 2016
Beginning its third and final year, the Central Park Flora Project is collecting and documenting all... Read more  


Apply to our Horticultural Sciences College Internship!

By Institute for Urban Parks|18 March 2016
This past fall, we ran into a familiar face at the Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Park... Read more  


Newly Documented Wild Flora for New York State Found in Central Park

By Institute for Urban Parks|11 March 2016
Breaking News — Pennsylvania cudweed has been discovered in Central Park! Pennsylvania cudw... Read more  


The Angel atop Bethesda Fountain

By Institute for Urban Parks|03 March 2016
She’s so famous, that, to many, she’s know solely as “the Angel,” which is c... Read more  


Special Event Management in Central Park: What Happens When an Event is Cancelled

By Institute for Urban Parks|19 February 2016
Sometimes the weather — like last weekend’s extreme cold temperatures and wind chills &m... Read more  


Maintaining Central Park’s Statues and Monuments

By Institute for Urban Parks|12 February 2016
Celebrate winter in Central Park! Even though Ice Festival has been cancelled due to impending extre... Read more