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Floating music pavillion

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.

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.

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.

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.

 Group of Bears

Park History

Discovering Paul Manship in Central Park

Paul Manship is one of the most well-represented artists in Central Park. His works, which include the Lehman Gates, are part of a larger tradition of playful sculptures in the Park — often found in areas for children’s play and recreation.

The Ramble

Things to See and Do

The Ramble: ‘A Sense of Mystery’ Across 36 Acres

The Ramble is the landscape that most embodies Central Park’s enduring purpose as an urban oasis. Discover the rich history of the Ramble’s early days and learn how we’ve created more opportunities to climb rocks, sit alongside streams, see native wildflowers, and watch birds in this woodland landscape.

Bethesda Terrace

Park History

How Central Park Was Designed as a Park for the People

When Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux were chosen to plan the new park, they set out to create a space designed to bring all people together regardless of their backgrounds.

Belvedere Castle

Park History

How Geology Influenced Central Park's Design

The land on which Central Park was constructed featured an unusually large amount of exposed bedrock, which heavily influenced how it was designed and built.

Calvert Vaux

Park History

Calvert Vaux and the Vision of Bethesda Terrace

This week, we honor Central Park’s lesser-known (but no less visionary!) co-designer, Calvert Vaux, who worked with Frederick Law Olmsted to create the design for Central Park.

Planter at Bethesda Terrace

Park Information

Sculpted Nature: Landscape Architecture in Central Park

Every acre of the Park was meticulously designed and built as part of a larger composition, created through the practice that would come to be known as "landscape architecture."