5 CURIOSITIES ABOUT CENTRAL PARK
Central Park is one of the most famous parks in the world and is undoubtedly one of New York’s most famous spots. Its 843 acres hide various points of interest, such as the Alice in Wonderland sculpture and the memorial in honor of John Lennon. Here are some other fun facts about Central Park.
1. Central Park is not a natural park.
New York’s green gem is actually a landscaped park. Although it looks natural, the truth is that it contains several artificial lakes and was designed to give New Yorkers a quiet and more pure space in the city where skyscrapers abound. Its construction was completed in 1873, and its improvement and expansion was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.
2. There are about 50 food vendors in Central Park.
In Central Park there are about fifty food vendors. Trucks, bikes with trailers, small stalls... The list of options includes hot dogs, ice cream, crepes, cotton candy and popcorn, among others, along with some healthier options such as wraps, soups or salads.
3. There’s a zoo inside the park.
If you saw the movie "Madagascar" than you’ll certainly remember Alex, the Central Park Zoo’s most famous lion. And the truth is that this zoo does exist and awaits the visit of the young and the old. This zoo opened in 1935, was renovated in 1988 and currently houses 500 animals in three different areas: tropical, temperate and polar.
4. You can sponsor a bench in Central Park.
Central Park has over nine thousand benches spread across the entire park and you can sponsor one of them. Adopt-a-Bench is a program that exists since 1986 and anyone can be part of it. How? By sponsoring a bench and placing a sign with your name (or, if you prefer, another message) on it.
5. There’s a Victorian castle inside the park.
It’s called the Belvedere Castle, it was built and designed in 1865 and is located on Central Park’s highest point. It currently serves as the Meteorological Observatory’s headquarters and in 2011 it served as the location for the movie "The Smurfs."