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Central Park :: New York

August 12, 2009 by  
Category: Landmarks

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An oasis in the heart of New York City, Central Park is a magnificent urban park. Designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted and Calvet Vaux, the park’s landscapes are amazing. The entire look is quite natural and there is everything here that you would love to add to your park – swimming pool, ice-skating rings, walking tracks, lakes and ponds, zoo, garden, wildlife sanctuary, natural woods, reservoir, and a theater as well!

Visited by over 25 million visitors each year, this park is a National Historic Landmark. Spread out over 843 acres, this lush greenery is one of the most visited parks in the United States. Maintained by the Central Park Conservancy, the Central Park Zoo and Central Park Conservatory Garden are the major highlights of the place.

The park has many indoor attractions as well. This includes the Belvedere Castle with a nature center, historic carousel, and a Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater. There is also an outdoor theater – the Delacorte Theater – that is the venue for hosting Shakespeare in the Park. The other attractions of the park include grassy areas for sports and recreation, enclosed playgrounds for children, Wollman Memorial Skating Rink, the Bethesde Fountain, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, beautiful park bridges, Essex House, Great Lawn, and a wildlife haven that acts as an oasis for migratory birds.

Central Park was born out of the need for a gathering space in the fast growing city of New York. This park that is luxuriously built up on one of the richest property estates has benefited the entire city and draws in major tourism to the city as well. The park offers for some really interesting activities like carriage horse riding, touring the park in pedicabs, climbing, jogging, bicycling, inline skating, racing, and even supports the New York City Marathon. For entertainment, the public theater offers the New York Shakespeare Festival. Also the park is home to one of the city’s most famous restaurants, Tavern on the Green.

Central Park also has a rich collection of sculptures like the Balto, bronze statue of Christopher Colombus, Simon Bolivar Statue, Untermyer Fountain with the Three Dancing Maidens, Alice in Wonderland, Hans Christian Anderson, the Obelisk (Cleopatra’s Needle) and the statue of King Jagiello. The park promises great adventure with major renovations underway especially for the little ones who patron the park. The park is quite a dog friendly location, with a great deal of dog owners coming to Central Park to take their pups out for the day. Even dog fairs are held in the Central Park each year.

The water bodies, lawns and woodlands have added natural beauty to the city of New York and the vastness of the place is best realized by taking a stroll around the park. The park closes daily at 1am and reopens at 6am each day, 365 days a year.  With over 21 playgrounds, 36 bridges and 48 fountains, monuments & sculptures, Central Park is a place for the entire family.

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