6 Facts About Central Park Conservancy

1. The Central Park Conservancy receives an annual fee from the city for its maintenance of the park.

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2. The Central Park Conservancy embarked on a $7 million restoration effort to return the Minton tiles to their original luster in 2004.

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3. In 1996, the Central Park Conservancy embarked on its most ambitious landscape restoration: the overhaul of the 55 acres including and surrounding the Great Lawn and Turtle Pond (formerly the Great Lawn and the Belvedere Lake).

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4. The Central Park Conservancy is a non-profit organization that contributes 75 percent of Central Park's $65 million annual budget and is responsible for all basic care of the 843-acre park.

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5. The Central Park Conservancy launched its first fundraising campaign in 1986, mapping out a 15-year restoration plan that sought to remain true to the original design by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.

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6. The Central Park Conservancy had deteriorated so badly that some advocated handing it over to the National Park Service.

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