Central park in numbers

Central Park was the first landscaped public park in the United States. Advocates of creating the park – primarily wealthy merchants and landowners – admired the public grounds of London and Paris and urged that New York needed a comparable facility to establish its international reputation. A public park, they argued, would offer their own families an attractive setting for carriage rides and provide working-class New Yorkers with a healthy alternative to the saloon. After three years of debate over the park site and cost, in 1853 the state legislature authorized the City of New York to use the power of eminent domain to acquire more than 700 acres of land in the center of Manhattan.

Let’s take a look at some of the numbers on this attractive New York City landmark:

1857 – The year park was established

1.600 – Number of residents evicted for park construction

843 – Current size in acres.

Central park in numbers
Central park in numbers: Green heart of Big Apple

65.000.000 – Annual budget in $

40.000.000 – Number of visitior per year (2013)

58 – Lenght of all the paths combined (in miles)

26.000 – Number of trees in Central Park

9000 – Number of benches in park

Central park in numbers
Central park in numbers: Pleanty of benches to sit on.

1.700 – Number of American Elms in Central Park

36 – Number of bridges and arches in Central Park

21 – Playgrounds



7 – Ornamental fountains

125 – Drinking fountains

275 – Approximately number of migratory birds species

29 – Sculptures

Central park in numbers
Central park in numbers: Hans Christian Andersen statue

180 – Approximately weight of Cleopatra’s Needle (in tons)

4 – Types of bedrock

7 – Lakes

4 – Mammals species

Central park in numbers
Central park in numbers: Grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

2 – Indoor restaurants

25 – Maximum speed on the Park Drives (in mph)

4 – Plazas

Central park in numbers
Central park in numbers: Horse and Carriage Rides in Central Park

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