Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the goal of this study?
The goal of the Central Park Drives Study is to understand the current usage of the Drives. We want to listen and learn from the diverse array of user groups that frequent the Drives. Feedback and ideas will be used to recommend policy solutions and design interventions to the Mayor’s Office, NYC Department of Transportation, and NYC Parks that will increase safety and mobility, and create a more equitable experience for our visitors.
2. Who is conducting the study?
The study is led by the Central Park Conservancy, in partnership with the NYC Department of Transportation and NYC Parks. Research will be conducted by consultant Sam Schwartz Engineering, which will include a peer review of challenges and solutions from parks across the globe.
3. When will you release recommendations?
The study will be conducted in phases, and will incorporate a slate of community meetings to be held over the summer of 2023. Once these are concluded, we will compile and share recommendations.
4. How can the community get involved?
Your perspective is vital to this study. We encourage members of the Park's community to take the survey so we can learn how you use Central Park’s Drives. The community is also welcome to attend upcoming hearings and presentations to local community boards neighboring the Park and to a diverse array of organizations and groups who use the Drives.
5. Who enforces rules on the Drives?
Along with the light poles and traffic lights, the Drives and how they are regulated are NYC property and therefore fall under the jurisdiction of City agencies.