24 Facts About Central Park

1. Central Park initially opened in 1857, enlarged to cover 843 acres of city-owned land.

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2. Central Park is bordered on the north by West 110th Street, on the south by West 59th Street, on the west by Eighth Avenue, and on the east by Fifth Avenue.

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3. Central Park contains 92.8 kilometers of pedestrian paths, 7.2 kilometers (4.5 miles) of bridle trail, 10.4 kilometers (6.5 miles) of Park Drive.

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4. Central Park was managed for decades by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, and is currently managed by the Central Park Conservancy under contract with the municipal government in a public-private partnership.

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5. Central Park was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1964 and a New York City Landmark in 1974.

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6. Central Park initially consisted of 315 hectares when it was first opened in 1857.

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7. Central Park receives around 42 million visitors annually and stays open all year.

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8. Central Park is an urban park in New York City between Fifth Avenue and Eighth Avenue and running from 59th Street to 110th Street.

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9. Central Park was one of those best outdoor venues for huge concerts.

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10. Central Park already bustles in the summer with many families using its splash pad, climbing ropes and picnic shelters, along with the Riverwalk.

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11. Central Park has given birth to other arts groups dedicated to performing in the park, notably Central Park Brass, which performs an annual concert series, and the New York Classical Theatre, which produces an annual series of plays.

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12. Central Park created the 67th Street Transverse, widened West Drive, and evicted the sheep from Sheep Meadow.

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13. Central Park has its own New York City Police Department precinct—the Central Park Precinct—which employs both regular police and auxiliary officers.

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14. Central Park was designed in 1858 by landscape architect and writer Frederick Law Olmsted and the English architect Calvert Vaux, who designed Brooklyn's Prospect Park.

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15. Central Park was the location of the largest concert ever on record when country superstar Garth Brooks performed a free concert in August 1997, to which about 980,000 had attended.

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16. Central Park drives are used as the home course for the Century Road Club Association's racing series.

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17. Central Park has two ice skating rinks, Wollman Rink and Lasker Rink; during summer, the former is the site of Victorian Gardens seasonal amusement park, and the latter converts to an outdoor swimming pool.

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18. Central Park is home to over 25,000 trees and has a stand of 1,700 American elms, one of the largest remaining stands in the northeastern US, protected by their isolation from the Dutch elm disease that devastated the tree throughout its native range.

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19. Central Park is home to seven bodies of water, all artificial.

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20. The real estate value of Central Park was estimated by property appraisal firm Miller Samuel to be about $528.8 billion in December 2005.

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21. Central Park was established in 1857 on 778 acres of land acquired by the city.

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22. In terms of area, Central Park is the fifth-largest park in New York City, covering 843 acres.

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23. Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States, with 40 million visitors in 2013, and one of the most filmed locations in the world.

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24. Central Park is an urban park in Manhattan, New York City.

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