Named Gates

Engineer's Gate

There are 20 original entrances to Central Park, each bearing an inscription so subtle visitors might miss it. These named gates honor groups of New Yorkers such as Scholars, Artisans, Merchants, and Artists—all the variety of hard-working people who make New York a world-class city.

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. They rejected 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. Eventually, they decided on naming them after the citizens of New York City.

The Board of Commissioners originally intended to install modest gates at the entrances to close the Park at midnight. When they could not agree on a design, they put off the decision and left gaps in the wall that still remain today.

The board also 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, 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 putting each name onto the walls near the entrances.

The named gates throughout Central Park are:
Artisans' Gate
Artists' Gate
Boys' Gate
Children's Gate
Engineers' Gate
Farmers' Gate
Gate of all Saints
Girls' Gate
Hunters' Gate
Inventors' Gate
Mariners' Gate
Merchants' Gate
Miners' Gate
Naturalists' Gate
Pioneers' Gate
Scholars' Gate
Strangers' Gate
Warriors' Gate
Women's Gate
Woodman's Gate