Central Park

59th to 110th Streets

New York's "flagship" park of 843 acres, 26,000 trees, and almost 9,000 benches has had a rather checkered history. Planning began around 1868, when city commissioners chose the "Greensward Plan" developed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. I... more

New York's "flagship" park of 843 acres, 26,000 trees, and almost 9,000 benches has had a rather checkered history. Planning began around 1868, when city commissioners chose the "Greensward Plan" developed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. In the ensuing decades of building, the challenging terrain wasn't the only obstacle to overcome. Navigating the difficult city bureaucracy and the Tammany Hall political machine made the Park an overly politicized institution. A long spiral of decline was halted in 1934, when Parks Commissioner Robert Moses employed his controversial methods in making remarkable changes to the decrepit park. From around 1960 until 1981, another twenty years of decline ensued, until the newly-formed Central Parks Conservancy offered a blueprint, "Rebuilding Central Park for the 1980s and Beyond." The past 20 years have been much kinder to the Park, which has seen some remarkable reconstruction work. 275 species of birds have been sighted in the Park, which also has several restaurants on its perimeter, a Boathouse, a Carousel, ballfields, a running track, reservoir, sculptures of Alice in Wonderland and Shakespeare, and a nearly endless list of event... more

New York's "flagship" park of 843 acres, 26,000 trees, and almost 9,000 benches has had a rather checkered history. Planning began around 1868, when city commissioners chose the "Greensward Plan" developed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. In the ensuing decades of building, the challenging terrain wasn't the only obstacle to overcome. Navigating the difficult city bureaucracy and the Tammany Hall political machine made the Park an overly politicized institution. A long spiral of decline was halted in 1934, when Parks Commissioner Robert Moses employed his controversial methods in making remarkable changes to the decrepit park. From around 1960 until 1981, another twenty years of decline ensued, until the newly-formed Central Parks Conservancy offered a blueprint, "Rebuilding Central Park for the 1980s and Beyond." The past 20 years have been much kinder to the Park, which has seen some remarkable reconstruction work.

275 species of birds have been sighted in the Park, which also has several restaurants on its perimeter, a Boathouse, a Carousel, ballfields, a running track, reservoir, sculptures of Alice in Wonderland and Shakespeare, and a nearly endless list of events and other attractions.


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59th to 110th Streets
New York, NY
(212) 310-6600
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Upcoming Events

OZY Fest: Miguel, Spike Lee, Rachael Ray & Alex Rodriguez - Sunday Admission

OZY Fest: Miguel, Spike Lee, Rachael Ray & Alex Rodriguez - Sunday Admission

07/21/2019 11:00 AM
Sun, July 21
11:00AM
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NYRR Summer Community Run

NYRR is celebrating our community and 20 years of free youth running in Central Park at the NYRR Summer Community Run. This inaugural event is perfect for all ages, with waves for runners, walkers, and families with strollers, to encourage participation by all.

Take on a 1.5-mile course on the l... [ + ]ower loop of Central Park and then enjoy the post-race festival full of fun family-oriented activities.

Runner, walker, and stroller heats are available for registration.

Proceeds from this race will support our mission to help and inspire people through running in our Rising New York Road Runners, NYRR Open Run programs, and NYRR Striders programs.

Please Note: This race does not count towards the 9+1 program, however all associated volunteer opportunities count towards the +1 credit.

08/18/2019 07:30 AM
Sun, August 18
7:30AM
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