Central Park

Central Park

Central Park

Central Park is one of the urban wonders of the world, a green oasis in the great concrete, high-rise landscape of New York City. This entirely man-made Park is so naturally part of the Manhattan environment, and a place where all of us can escape from the frenetic rhythms that make New York the most exciting city in the world.


Central Park stretches from 59th street to 110th street and from Fifth Avenue to Eighth Avenue. It has 843 acres or 6% of Manhattan's total acreage: 150 acres in seven waterbodies, 250 acres of lawn and 136 acres of woodland. It is twice as large as Monaco.
There you can find 36 bridges and arches one can walk over and under and seven ornamental fountains as well as 125 drinking fountains.
58 miles of pedestrian paths spread throughout the Park with 8,968 benches, which would stretch 7 miles placed end to end.
26,000 trees, of which 1,700 are American Elms, grow in Central Park and 275 of the 800 species of birds found in North America live there.

More than 20 million people visit the Park each year. They go jogging, rowing, cycling, skating, take a sunbath, visit Central Park Zoo, visit the many events that take place in the Park, listen to a concert or just go sightseeing.


843 acres of swampy, muddy terrain were transformed into the world's largest premier public spaces.
Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux were the designers of the park and created their "Greensward Plan" in 1858. It was a master plan for the first major park entirely intended for public use. They wanted it to be a healthy refuge from the over-crowded living sections in southern Manhattan. (The city had only been developed to 38th street when the construction began at 59th street.) The designers were romantics, they "trusted in the power of nature to lift man's spirit above the drudgery of city life".

They could not have imagined that skyscrapers and high-rise apartment buildings provide the backdrop for so many Park views, and that a quarter of a million people stream into Central Park on a spring weekend.

Today the Park is saved by a unique public/private partnership between the City of New York and the not-for-profit Central Park Conservancy.


Songbirds either come down to from more northern climes to feed on tree seeds in Central Park or they live in the Park all year round.
There are bird feeders stocked with birdseeds throughout the winter and all people who like these animals feed them under street trees or in backyards throughout the season of ice and snow.

If the winter is not too cold and the lakes, rivers and ponds are not frozen you can find a number waterfowl Canada geese and mallard ducklings in the Park.