A Message from the Central Park Conservancy

Central Park will always be your 843-acre backyard.

New York City has seen its share of crises, yet despite all we’ve lived through, New Yorkers remain resilient. In times of turmoil, Central Park has always been here, as a respite, an oasis, or simply a quiet place to escape when we feel overwhelmed. This holds true even as the City navigates the coronavirus outbreak.

As New York shuts down, we at the Central Park Conservancy are doing everything in our power to keep the Park safe and accessible to everyone. We remain committed to making the Park a clean and enjoyable place that may offer solace as New Yorkers weather this crisis.

From the beginning, Central Park was a radical idea. Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux designed the space as a sanctuary for all, at all times. In the topsy-turvy world in which we now find ourselves, a place to breathe feels more crucial and radical than ever.

The Park's fresh air, expansive views, and ample space for social distancing allow us to recharge physically and mentally during these unsettling times. To that end, we're collecting your stories of how the Park is making a difference in your life at this time. Join the conversation with #myCentralPark.

We are monitoring events as they unfold and are working in close coordination with the City and State. Visit us here and on social media for regular updates.

Central Park will always be your 843-acre backyard.

Park visitors find shade beneath a tree in the Sheep Meadow with the skyline in the background

Your support is more important than ever

Central Park is here as your escape—a place of respite and peace. The dedicated staff of the Conservancy are taking care of the Park so that it remains beautiful and vibrant for you. Please help us, if you can, by making a gift today, at a time when it's most needed.