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Kid-Friendly Adventures in Central Park

Things to See and Do

Kid-Friendly Adventures in Central Park

It’s nearing the end of summer, and you know what that means — it’s back–to–school time for more than one million New York City kids. If you’re one of them, show this list of kid–friendly Park adventures to your favorite grown–up!

Meet the Summer Interns of the Conservancy

About the Conservancy

Meet the Summer Interns of the Conservancy

If you’ve been in Central Park recently, chances are you’ve interacted with some of the Conservancy’s many summer interns — 44 of us, to be exact, working across 18 different departments ranging from horticulture to human resources.

Plan for a floating music pavillion, 1861

Park History

Hidden Histories: 6 Little-Known Designs for Central Park

The history of the Park is well-recorded. But research into the original drawings and plans created to build the Park — by the likes of architects Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould — offer hidden secrets from both the built and unbuilt aspects of the Park.

Tennis Pro Jorge celebrating

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.

A Look at LGBTQ History in Central Park

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.