I can’t write a blog on Central Park that follows my young adult adventure series, Central Park Story, without first appreciating what an amazing job the Central Park Conservancy has done in restoring this historic landmark.
Founded in 1980 as a privately run organization working hand in hand with the city administration, the Conservancy has spent the better part of a billion dollars restoring the park according to the original design of Olmsted and Vaux.
In the process, it became the standard for park management, creating 49 separate divisions, each one run by a single individual responsible for maintaining his or her own section of the park.
In many ways, the history of the park parallels the development of my main character, Christopher Middleton, as he seeks to free himself from the shackles of the past and establish a more of direct relationship with the genius of nature itself.
May the Conservancy’s work continue to inspire many other generations still to come…