Green space is a premium in New York City, so Central Park is definitely a wonderful space that is well used by New Yorkers and visitors alike. And it’s designed to be used ALL year round, in snow in the winter, falling colourful leaves in the fall, beautiful spring blooms in the spring and hot steamy hikes and runs in the summer.
The park covers, if you can believe this, 843 acres, a vast stretch of lively greenery in a sea of concrete. No wonder people cherish it so much. There is a society that raises funds for the upkeep and preservation of Central Park, which was first built in 1857. Since green is so precious, it’s not a wonder that up to 75% of total funding is provided by those who understand the value of its green spaces. Its annual budget of $65 million is responsible for all basic care of the park.
The park contains seven bodies of water, including a large lake and several ponds. They were all artificially constructed. The Lake was named in 1994, after one of America’s well known first ladies: The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir. I definitely enjoyed my walk around this lake. It is vast and lots of wild life congregate there as well as people to enjoy the scenery. Watch the ducks swim by while you picnic or eat lunch from a food truck nearby.
Central Park is a community park and is well used by the community. It’s also called the People’s Park. Pedestrians hike and run through it. It’s designed with meandering pathways and many pathways that go through the park.
Since the summer of 1965, the New York Philharmonic holds their annual summer event, New York Philharmonic Concert in the Park which is a free performance. The concert attracts thousands of spectators to the Great Lawn every year.
You might also want to visit the Central Park Zoo which is managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society. It is the home of an indoor rain forest, a leafcutter ant colony, a chilled penguin house and a polar bear pool.
Take your time when visiting the park. The park alone will provides hours and hours of enjoyment. If you visit the zoo, definitely plan for a day trip too.