Each year, the Women's Committee of the Central Park Conservancy honors private and civic leaders for their involvement in the restoration and maintenance of Central Park with the Frederick Law Olmsted Award at an annual awards luncheon at the Conservatory Garden. This year, the award was given to a couple who has given more to Central Park, and more to any public park, than anyone in history. Last fall, Jenny and John Paulson, and the Paulson Family Foundation, surprised New Yorkers with an astounding $100 million gift to the Central Park Conservancy.
"Central Park stole my heart a long time ago," Mrs. Paulson said as she received the award, "and it continues to inspire me every day with its stunning beauty." Acknowledging the award's namesake, Mrs. Paulson described the Park as "a unique world created by Frederick Law Olmsted" that takes its 40 million annual visitors on "four scenic journeys every year," the four seasons.
Quoting Park patron Yoko Ono, Mrs. Paulson celebrated the Park's ability to unite millions of diverse people: "It will be nice to have the whole world in one place, one field, living and growing together in harmony."
As one of the Conservancy's five visitor centers, parkgoers can find information on Park events and programs at the Dairy. Maps, guides and gifts are also available, all of which support the Conservancy’s mission.