Monday, May 17, 2010

Magical Moment 102, "A View of Central Park"

I thought I'd post an old article after walking today in the park.

"A View of Central Park"
by Elizabeth Grimes, written for JVH Media Group

If you’re a New Yorker, you’re familiar with the breath taking view of lush, rolling hills sprinkled with crystal ponds and shady trees, all framed by the concrete silhouette of the Big Apple’s city skyline. Central Park, opened in 1859, is home to nearly twenty-five million visitors per year and covers an astounding 843 acres in the midst of one of the busiest metropolises in the country.

The park is open year round and debate is up for when the best time to visit is. Some claim the fall colors are unsurpassable, while others prefer greenery and the company of ducks and geese in the spring months. The answer to which of the four seasons is the best time to visit, however, is any of them. Or better yet, all of them.

Each season provides an array of scenery and activities to suit the entire family. With the easy, comfortable temperatures of spring, also comes the opening of the Central Park Zoo in April through October. You can also cast your line in one of several ponds for catch and release fishing. Stifling summer heat is relieved at the Lasker Public Swimming Pool near the north entrance. In the fall, the 152 species of 25,000 trees will leave you in awe as they provide a vibrant, colorful backdrop for the park. When the snow falls, grab your skates and earmuffs and head to one of two out door ice skating rinks. And no matter when you come, there will be an endless choice of walking, jogging, and biking trails year round. Even horse back paths and carriage rides if you choose. Not to mention, enchanting playgrounds for the children and art sculptures for your viewing, including images of Alexander Hamilton, Alice in Wonderland, and even Balto the dog.

Take a rest and fuel up at restaurants such as Le Pain Quotidien. And of course there is nothing more New York than a hot dog with the fixins or cup of ice cream from a near by vendor.

Central Park is maintained daily with love and pride by the Central Park Conservancy to ensure that it remains the perfect place for you to relax on the lawn with a book, get some exercise, and appreciate both the natural beauty and historic value of one of the world’s most beloved National Historic Landmarks.

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