Central Park is a 843 acres park in the center of Manhattan in New York City, and it was built in competition with the famous Bois De Boulogne Park and Hyde Park of Paris and London. Since its inception, in 1857, the park has been a model for city parks all over the America, and for instance we can compare it to the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.
After the land for the park was bought in 1853, originally 770 acres before it was expanded to 843, a competition was held to produce such a design for the park which could rival with the then known famous parks. One design by Frederic Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux was declared the winner of the competition. The design, called ‘the Greensward Plan', focused on an English style idyllic landscape which featured large meadows, several lakes and hills and reservoir. Central Park also has a large number of statues, mostly funded by private donations or subscriptions. Illustrious figure of men dominate the statues and references to Greek and Roman mythology is sparse or occur incidentally. The famous figures include Balto, Alice and Wonderland and also William Shakespeare. In addition to that, there are fountains and the oldest public monument in North America, The Obelisk, also adds to the splendor and magnificence of the park.
The lushness and beauty of large fauna incorporated in the landscape designing may seems real but is in fact mostly artificial. This fauna has now become a habitat of numerous animals and insects that enhanced the beauty and the feel of the beauty of nature.
There is a Central Park Zoo and Wildlife Center and the Children's Zoo for the animal lovers, where there are over 1,400 animals of more than 130 species belonging to three different temperature zones: tropic, garden and polar.
Initially the park was built for the purpose of relaxation with all its scenic beauty and to meditate in its calmness. But after the appointment of Robert Moses in 1934 as New York City Parks...