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Central Park Conservancy Blog Archive

Category: Restoration and Maintenance


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  


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  


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  


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  


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  


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  


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  


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 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  


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  


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  


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  


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  


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  


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  


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  


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  


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  


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  


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