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Central Park is an urban park in New York City, located between the Upper West and Upper East Sides of Manhattan. It is the fifth-largest park in the city by area, covering 843 acres (3.41 km2). The park is the most visited urban park in the United States, with an estimated 38 million visitors annually, and is the most filmed location in the world. Following proposals for a large park in Manhattan during the 1840s, it was approved in 1853 to cover 778 acres (3.15 km2). In 1857, the landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux won a design competition for the park with their "Greensward Plan". Construction began the same year, and the park's first areas were opened to the public in late 1858. Additional land at the northern end of Central Park was purchased in 1859, and the park was completed in 1876. After a period of decline in the early 20th century, New York City parks commissioner Robert Moses started a program to clean up Central Park. The Central Park Conservancy, created in 1980 to combat further deterioration in the late 20th century, refurbished many parts of the park during the 1980s and 1990s. Central Park's main attractions include landscapes such as the Ramble and Lake, Hallett Nature Sanctuary, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, and Sheep Meadow; amusement attractions such as Wollman Rink, Central Park Carousel, and the Central Park Zoo; formal spaces such as the Central Park Mall and Bethesda Terrace; and the Delacorte Theater. Central Park has a biologically diverse ecosystem with several hundred species of flora and fauna. Though many visitors participate in passive recreational activities such as carriage-horse rides, the park also contains sports facilities, as well as concerts and events such as Shakespeare in the Park. Central Park is traversed by a system of roads and walkways and is served by public transportation. Central Park's size and cultural position has served as a model for many urban parks. Because of its wide influence, the park was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1963 and as a New York City scenic landmark in 1974. Central Park is owned by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation but has been managed by the Central Park Conservancy since 1998, under a contract with the municipal government in a public–private partnership. The Conservancy, a non-profit organization, contributes 75% of Central Park's $65 million annual budget and is responsible for all basic care of the park.

Phone

+1 212-310-6600

Website

http://www.centralparknyc.org/

Opening hours

  • Sunday 06:00 - 01:00
  • Monday 06:00 - 01:00
  • Tuesday 06:00 - 01:00
  • Wednesday 06:00 - 01:00
  • Thursday 06:00 - 01:00
  • Friday 06:00 - 01:00
  • Saturday 06:00 - 01:00
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