Years Old and Looking Younger Than Ever:
What can you expect to find within this
843 acres haven? Designed in
the mid-eighteen hundreds by Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux, the park was intended to provide a place of peaceful relaxation
for a city which was growing much faster in number than in physical
size. In the mere twenty years from 1830 to 1850 New York City's
population grew from 60,000 to 500,000 (nearly ten-fold). With few
exceptions however, its physical size had not expanded beyond 38th
street. In light of this, the park's immense proportions and ultimately
central location are nothing less than a visionary wonder. "It is
imperative," said William Cullen Bryant, editor of The Evening Post,
"that this population have open space and trees." Today Central
Park provides a recreational haven for locals and introduces travelers
to an aspect of New York City that they, perhaps, were not expecting
to find. There's always something happening at the Park and the
activities available cover the entire spectrum of interests. If
you are an athlete of any kind, Central Park will soon be your favorite
spot in New York City.
much to cover in detail, we've compiled highlights, trivia and statistics
to give you an insider's view. Let's start on the outside and work our way
in. The park is encircled by a 7-mile loop used not only by motorists as
a means of navigating the central to northern part of Manhattan Island,
but by countless pedestrians, cyclists and roller bladers who enjoy the
park's closed-to-traffic status on weekends. This 7-mile loop covers the
entire perimeter of the park from 59th to 110th streets and from Fifth Avenue
to Central Park West. Enter inside and find: formal gardens, walking tours,
fishing, sports including baseball, softball, soccer, touch football, tennis,
ice skating, swimming, model boat racing, roller blading, horseback riding,
cycling and basketball, row boats, horse drawn carriages, carousel, a live
theatre, a zoo, museum, playgrounds, a reservoir, statues, a marionette
theater, restaurants, lakes, a castle, a bridle path (horses are available
from Claremont Riding Academy - 86th St and Columbus Ave. 212-724-5100),
joggers' track, bridges, a former sheepfold, a band shell, fountains and
an olympic- size swimming pool. Have I left anything out? Absolutely! You'll
just have to see this it to believe it. Entirely man-made, nature has never
been more perfectly constructed. To get a true feel for the park's layout
stop by the Dairy or the Arsenal to pick up a map.
Many" Things Do You Know About Central Park?
| 1. How
many bodies of water are there?
2. How many benches?
3. How many bridges?
4. How many sports fields?
5. How many movies have featured Central Park?
6. How many tennis courts?
7. How many playgrounds?
8. How many trees?
9. How many horses in the Freidman Carousel?
10. How many restaurants?
11. What is the oldest structure in Central Park?
12. For easy access to Central Park where's the best place to stay?