Central Park


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Central Park,

840 acres (340 hectares), the largest park in Manhattan, New York City; bordered by 59th St. on the south, Fifth Ave. on the east, 110th St. on the north, and Central Park West on the west. The land was acquired by the city in 1856; in the process several small communities were razed, one of the largest being Seneca Village, a settlement of some 250 working-class blacks. The park was built according to the plans of U.S. landscape architects Frederick L. OlmstedOlmsted, Frederick Law,
1822–1903, American landscape architect and writer, b. Hartford, Conn. Although his Walks and Talks of an American Farmer in England
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 and Calvert VauxVaux, Calvert
, 1824–95, American landscape architect, b. London. He emigrated (1850) to the United States, and assisted A. J. Downing with the U.S. Capitol grounds and a number of Hudson River estates.
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, which took twenty years to implement. The park has rolling terrain with lakes and ponds, greeneries, bridle paths, walks, and park drives. There are many playgrounds and other recreational facilities, including the Wollman Skating Rink. The Metropolitan Museum of Art stands in the park on Fifth Ave.; other points of interest include a formal garden, a zoo, an Egyptian obelisk popularly called "Cleopatra's Needle," a New York City reservoir, and the Mall. In the open-air Delacorte Theater, Shakespearean dramas and other plays are presented free of charge. The private Central Park Conservancy works with New York City to preserve and improve the park.

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See studies by E. Kinkead (1990), E. Blackmar and R. Rosenzweig (1992), and S. C. Miller (2003).

Central Park

Address:830 5th Ave
New York, NY 10021

Phone:212-360-8111
Fax:212-830-7860
Web: www.centralparknyc.org
Size: 250 acres.
Location:Visitor center is located at mid-park, at 65th street. Enter the park at 60th Street and Fifth Avenue and walk north.
Facilities:Concessions, visitor center, pools, lakes, rowboat rentals, trails, gardens (Conservatory Garden and Shakespeare Garden), science and education center, historic structures and exhibits (including statues of William Shakespeare and Christopher Columbus), zoo, playground, climbing walls (indoor and outdoor), athletic fields.
Activities:Boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, bicycling, jogging, rollerblading, horseback riding, guided walking tours (é), miniature golf, tennis, baseball, softball, basketball, football, soccer, wall climbing, handball, law bowling, croquet, ice skating, cross-country skiing.
Special Features:America's most famous urban park. Central Park includes Strawberry Fields, a tear-drop shaped landscape dedicated to the memory of John Lennon. This landscape has become home to the "international garden of peace" since the introduction of 161 plant species to this area. Park also features the Central Park Wildlife Center, home to 450 different species of animals. In the summer, the park hosts the New York Shakespeare Festival and SummerStage, a performing arts festival. Performances are free, but the Shakespeare Festival productions require tickets.

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