NYC's Central Park

Central Park is a public park at the center of Manhattan in New York City. The park initially opened in 1857, on 843 acres of city-owned land. The park, which receives approximately thirty-five million visitors annually (100,000 a day), is the most visited urban park in the United States.

In 1853, the state legislature first set aside land for a major public park. City commissioners spent $14 million for undeveloped land and construction from 59th St to 106th St, between 5th and 8th Ave. Designers chosen in public competition in 1858. It was developed over a span of 16 years.

Park Facts + Statistics

  • Acreage: 843 acres, 6 percent of Manhattan's total acreage. Includes seven water bodies totaling 150 acres, 136 acres of woodlands and 250 acres of lawns.
  • Perimeter: 6 miles (2.5 miles up and down the avenues and 0.5 miles across Central Park North and South).
  • Visitors: 35 Million a year (100,000 a day)
  • Pathways: 58 miles of walking paths; 4.25 miles of bridle paths.
  • Trees: More than 26,000 trees.
  • Benches: Nearly 9,000 benches.
  • Bridges and arches: 36.
  • Birds: 215 species in a 6.1-acre sanctuary, many rare to the area including the peregrine falcon.
  • Hot Dog / Ice Cream Vendors: About 50.
  • Sculptures: 29, including statues of Alice in Wonderland and Hans Christian Andersen.
  • Recreation: 26 ballfields; 30 tennis courts; 21 playgrounds; one carousel; two ice-skating rinks, one of which is converted into a swimming pool in the summer.
  • Budget: The conservancy provides more than 85 percent of Central Park's annual $20 million operating budget.