In order to easily reference the Park's different entrances, the 1862 Board of Commissioners of Central Park decided to name Central Park's gates. After rejecting many ideas for naming conventions – including references to war victories, the names of the states, important cities in the Union, or names of prominent men – the Park commissioners suggested naming the gates after the vocations and groups who made New York City the great metropolis that it had become.
The names assigned to Central Park's twenty original gates honor the population of New York and represent their vision that Central Park would be 'the People's Park.'
Originally, the Board of Commissioners wanted to install small statues at each Park entrance representing the group for which the gate had been named. While the idea did not fully come to fruition, two gates do have nearby homages to their namesakes. You can find these statues at Inventors' Gate (East 72nd Street) in the form of Samuel F.B. Morse, and at Naturalists' Gate (West 77th Street) with a statue of Alexander Von Humboldt.
While the names were used on maps and colloquially, the gates were not inscribed with their names until 1999. At the urging of Parks Commissioner Henry Stern, the Central Park Conservancy undertook the job of inscribing the names of each gate into the Park's wall to preserve the historical character of the gates, and to underscore the importance of Central Park as a Park for all New Yorkers.
In 2015, the Central Park Conservancy restored the Park's entrance near the Arsenal at East 64th Street. In the spirit of maintaining the gates and the Park as a representation of all New Yorkers, the Conservancy added an accessibility ramp where previously there had existed only stairs.
Pioneers' Gate: East 110th Street Girls' Gate: East 102nd Street Woodman's Gate: East 96th Street Engineers' Gate: East 90th Street Miners' Gate: East 79th Street Inventors' Gate: East 72nd Street Children's Gate: East 64th Street Scholars' Gate: East 60th Street Artists' Gate: Sixth Avenue Artisans' Gate: Seventh Avenue Merchants' Gate: Columbus Circle Women's Gate: West 72nd Street Naturalists' Gate: West 77th Street Hunters' Gate: West 81st Street Mariners' Gate: West 85th Street Gate of all Saints: West 96th Street Boys' Gate: West 100th Street Strangers' Gate: West 106th Street Warriors' Gate: Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard Farmers' Gate: Lenox Avenue