On July 21, 1853 city officials drafted plans to give New Yorkers respite from the din that incessantly rang forth from their city’s teeming streets–a park in the center of town on 843 acres (340 hectares) of treeless, rocky terrain and stagnant swampland.
A century and a half later, Central Park is one of the world’s most recognized public spaces. It constantly hosts concerts, rallies, and weddings. It offers peace of mind to thousands each day. More than 25 million people visit it each year.