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Tennis Pro Jorge

Things to See and Do

Stories from Central Park

At any moment during the day, there are thousands of people in Central Park — on its lawns, at its waters, in its woodlands — running, lounging, smelling flowers, playing games, and more. We set out to capture some of their stories and create a picture of the Park on an average day, through their eyes.

Belvedere Geothermal Image

Restoration and Maintenance

The Future Is Green: Geothermal Energy at Belvedere

As part of the recent restoration of the Belvedere, the Conservancy sought to solve the problem of heating and cooling the Castle in a sustainable way.

Early rendering of Belvedere Castle

Park History

A ‘Beautiful View’: The History of the Belvedere

When the Belvedere opened 150 years ago, it provided visitors with some of the most sweeping views of Central Park and the city beyond.

Park History

A Look at LGBTQ History in Central Park

Central Park has a long and storied history with the LGBTQ community.

The Arsenal

Park History

A Place to Reflect: Honoring Veterans in Central Park

Central Park is an escape from the bustling city — and a place to rest, relax, and, sometimes, reflect. In honor of Memorial Day and the many veterans who have served our country, we take a special look at the Park’s monuments that commemorate their service.

Safari Playground

Restoration and Maintenance

Ready, Set, Safari: A Beloved Playground Reopens

Safari Playground gives children the feeling of escape and adventure while climbing atop and around its iconic giant hippo sculptures and admiring sweeping views of the nearby Reservoir! This playground is a kid-favorite thanks to its many opportunities for open play. Originally built in 1936, it received its safari theme during a renovation in the 1990s.

Original Greensward Plan

Park History

The Competition: 33 Plans for Central Park in 1858

The Park that we know and love today was designed during a competition run by the Commissioners of Central Park from 1857 to 1858. The first-place winner, the Greensward plan, was inspired in part by the open fields of the English.


Programs and Events

New Yorkers Celebrate Spring in Central Park

A full day of free special events and programs unfolded across Central Park on March 20 to celebrate the first day of spring. Conservancy teams have been preparing the Park for months for warmer weather, and Central Park Celebrates Spring encouraged the community to take part in all that this season has to offer!

Mother and Son at Conservatory Water

Things to See and Do

How to Spend Spring in Central Park

A new season has arrived, and our staff has prepared for months to make Central Park a welcoming spring haven. Conservancy teams have been pruning trees, turning on fountains, tending to gardens, and more. Admire the beauty and warmth of this season while enjoying a bevy of new ways to explore Central Park!

Bethesda Terrace

Park History

Art, Activism, and More: How Women Have Influenced Central Park

Did you know one of Central Park’s most popular statues was created by a woman? Or that more than 100 women work in the Park today as gardeners, architects, groundskeepers, and more? In celebration of Women’s History Month, we highlight some important contributions by women who have helped make the Park a welcoming and thriving public space.