A Better Park in 2013
The East 110th Street Playground was one of two playgrounds we completely rebuilt this year as part of our Central Play campaign.
Everyone here at the Central Park Conservancy is proud of the work we did to improve Central Park in 2013. The Park has never looked better thanks to your support. Here are some projects and work from last year that we're move proud of.
- We completely rebuilt two playgrounds as part of our Central Play campaign. The new East 110th Street Playground and Tarr-Coyne Tots Playground bring the latest in playground design to the Park's youngest visitors. We hope you and your family will enjoy the new playgrounds. We'll be working on every one of the Park's 21 playgrounds, so look forward to more playground improvements in 2014.
- We counted every species we could find in the Park as part of the Central Park BioBlitz, a joint effort with CUNY's Macaulay Honors College. Students from Macaulay, Conservancy staff members, and scientists spent 24 hours looking for, identifying, and recording every species of plant and animal they could find. We identified new animals never spotted in the Park before, including the bullhead catfish, the black crappie, and a multitude of insects. Chipmunks were found in the Park for the first time in many years. This biodiversity is good for the ecology in the Park and indicates that wildlife has responded to the Conservancy's management of their habitats. Learn more about the BioBlitz here.
- We completed conservation work on one of the Park's most important sculptures, the William Tecumseh Sherman monument in Grand Army Plaza. We worked with conservation experts to keep true to the artist's original intent. The project included thoroughly cleaning the statue, then priming and re-gilding. Learn all about this project here.
- We introduced a new trash management system that will reduce rats, result in fewer vehicles on paths, and increase recycling. The plan also includes new trash and recycling cans designed just for Central Park by Landor Associates. The new cans were recently honored with a Good Design Award from The Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. The 700 new trash and recycling cans were made possible by an in-kind donation from Alcoa Inc. and a generous grant from Alcoa Foundation. Learn more here.
- We continued to protect and maintain the restoration work already completed. Restoration work alone isn't enough to keep Central Park looking its best. With over 40 million visitors each year, the Park requires daily maintenance to keep it looking great, from clearing landscapes of litter, to weeding, seeding, and more. In the spring, our Horticulture Team planted 57,500 flowers. In the summer, the Park's 250 acres of lawn were regularly mowed and cared for. In the fall, we collected 10,000 cubic yards of fallen leaves (that's enough to fill the Goodyear Blimp). And this winter, we'll shovel about six million cubic feet of snow.
It takes a lot of work to keep the Park looking this good. 75% of the Park's annual budget comes from people like you. Thank you.