New York City's Central ParkBook - 2009
Features some of the most famous and important construction projects that have shaped the American landscape, along with triumphant stories of great feats of engineering, the innovations in technology, the coming together of a motivated workforce, and the unification of the country.
Facts on File
New York City’s Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States, with more than 25 million visitors each year. Designed in 1857 by the man who would become America’s most famous landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, and his partner, Calvert Vaux, Central Park was intended to provide New Yorkers with a serene and scenic “rural” refuge from the noise and bustle of city life. Yet transforming the rocky, swampy park site into the rolling meadows, lush woodlands, and pristine lakes would prove an extremely time-consuming and labor-intensive endeavor. Thousands of workers drained marshes, blasted away boulders, and planted a quarter billion trees, flowers, and shrubs to create the 843-acre green oasis in the heart of Manhattan as envisioned by Olmsted and Vaux.
Traces the history of New York's Central Park, describing its creation and the political, social, and cultural changes that have shaped its development.