Looking Back at 2012

  • In April, comedian and actor Aziz Ansari lent a hand with the First Mow of the season.
  • At 90, Bill Dodds, a former Broadway stage manager, still shows up twice a week to volunteer at the Conservatory Garden.
  • Forty of New York City's top restaurants came out to support the Conservancy at Taste of Summer in June.
  • On June 20, the Conservancy's Greensward Circle hosted an Evening in the Garden, an evening of delicious food and live music.
  • This summer, Cherry Hill Concourse reopened following a complete reconstruction, marking the end of the Conservancy's five-year restoration of the Lake.
  • Jazz lovers came out to listen and dance at Great Jazz on the Great Hill in August.
  • Over 25,000 attendees came out for the 10th Annual Central Park Conservancy Film Festival.
  • This fall, we opened a free exhibit, the Wild Garden: Discovering Central Park's Woodlands, at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center.
  • In October, the Conservancy received an unprecedented $100 million gift from the Paulson Family Foundation.
  • Thanks to our Tree Crew, the Park was cleared, inspected, and made accessible for reopening just days after Hurricane Sandy.
  • The Charles A. Dana Discovery Center and Harlem Meer lit for the holidays.

Thank you to everyone who made 2012 a great year for Central Park and the Conservancy! Because of our members, volunteers and dedicated staff, the Park looks better than ever even as it received 40 million visitors in 2012. The year was not without its challenges. Hurricane Sandy damaged or destroyed over 1,100 trees, including one about as old as the Park itself. Thanks to our Tree Crew, the Park was cleared, inspected, and made accessible for reopening just days after the massive storm.

Check out the slideshow above to see some of the best photos from 2012. Do you have your own photos from the Park in 2012? Share them with us on Facebook and Twitter and we'll re-post our favorites!

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Things to See

  • Belvedere Castle

    Calvert Vaux created the miniature castle in 1869 as one of its many whimsical structures intended as a lookout to the reservoir to the north (now the Great Lawn) and the Ramble to the south.