Central Park Tavel Guide

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  • Central Park Tavel Guide

As a model for many urban parks, Central Park is one of the most famous sightseeing spots in New York. It is bordered on the north by Central Park North, on the south by Central Park South, on the west by Central Park West, and on the east by Fifth Avenue.

Central Park, which has been a National Historic Landmark since 1962, was designed by landscape architect and writer Frederick Law Olmsted and the English architect Calvert Vaux in 1858 after winning a design competition. The park, an 843-acre rectangle of open space in the middle of Manhattan, the creators had a simple goal-design a place where city dwellers can go to forget the city.

The park contains several natural-looking lakes and ponds that have been created artificially, extensive walking tracks, bridle paths, two ice-skating rinks (one of which is a swimming pool in July and August), the Central Park Zoo, the Central Park Conservatory Garden, a wildlife sanctuary, a large area of natural woods, a 106-acre billion-gallon reservoir with an encircling running track, and an outdoor amphitheater, the Delacorte Theater, which hosts the "Shakespeare in the Park" summer festivals. Indoor attractions include Belvedere Castle with its nature center, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, and the historic Carousel. In addition there are seven major lawns, the "meadows", and many minor grassy areas; some of them are used for informal or team sports and some set aside as quiet areas; there are a number of enclosed playgrounds for children.

Inside the park

Sculpture: A total of twenty-nine sculptures by sculptors such as Augustus Saint-Gaudens, John Quincy Adams Ward, and Emma Stebbins, have been erected over the years, most have been donated by individuals or organizations.

Strawberry Fields: On October 9, 1985, on what would have been John Lennon's 45th birthday, New York City dedicated 2. 5 acres to the classic 1967 song "Strawberry Fields Forever". Lennon's 1980 murder took place across the street at the Dakota apartment building, where he lived, just off W. 72nd St. , Central Park.

Bethesda Fountain: Bethesda Fountain built in 1873 to commemorate the soldiers died in the sea during the Civil War.

Great Lawn: This green 55-acre area is one of the most famous lawns in the world.

Central Park Zoo: Center Park Zoo including The Central Sea Lion Pool, Polar Curcle and Tropic Zone. The zoo is home to an indoor rainforest, a leafcutter ant colony, a chilled penguin house, and a Polar Bear pool.

Belvedere Castle: The Central Park Learning Center provides information for visitors to wildlife, wild world exhibitions, educational programs and children's workshops.