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This article is about the public park in New York City. For other uses, see Central Park (disambiguation).
Type Urban park
Location Manhattan in New York City, New York, United States
Coordinates 40°47′N 73°58′WCoordinates: 40°47′N 73°58′W
Area 843 acres (341 ha)
Operated by Central Park Conservancy
Visitors about 37.5 million annually
Status Open all year
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. National Historic Landmark
Architect: Frederick Law Olmsted, Calvert Vaux
NRHP Reference#: 66000538
Added to NRHP: October 15, 1966
Designated NHL: May 23, 1963
Central Park is a public park at the center of Manhattan in New York City, New York, United States. The park initially opened in 1857, on 843 acres (3.41 km2) of city-owned land. In 1858, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux won a design competition to improve and expand the park with a plan they entitled the Greensward Plan. Construction began the same year, continued during the American Civil War, and was completed in 1873.
Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962, the park is currently managed by the Central Park Conservancy under contract with the city government. The Conservancy is a non-profit organization that contributes 83.5% of Central Park's $37.5 million dollar annual budget, and employs 80.7% of the park's maintenance staff.