Central Park: Nature Refuge in the City
By Armando Nicolas PJ

Until recently, fast-growing cities and metropolitan centers were inclined to concentrating expansion into technology, trade, and urban infrastructure, often relegating nature on the side lines. Lush greenery, even fledgling forests, were seldom given much importance, let alone preference over development of prime commercial and residential property, especially in less advanced countries, where often, ethical land zoning policies didn't exist.

This led to ill-planned urban centers with—in worst cases—more dense populations, less greenery, more challenging waste disposal system, and more frequent flash floods, among other setbacks.

In such cases, over time, residents have been accustomed to traveling far to "escape the city," so to speak. This is true to most places, even New York City, where the lush and the fresh are hundreds of miles on the interstate away from the city.

Or very close by, in Central Park.

With over 800 acres of green space, Central Park offers visitors and locals alike with room to roam, place to play, refuge to rest.

You can get lost in the Ramble (tricky walking trails within a natural forest by the water), paddle your own boat and turtle-watch in the Lake, picnic at Sheep Meadow, bird-watch at The Pond and Hallett Nature Sanctuary, or jog around the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir.

You can enjoy plenty of action, fun, and scenery at Wollman Rink, Central Park Carousel, and the Central Park Zoo, and more photo opportunites at the Central Park Mall, Bethesda Fountain, and Bethesda Terrace. Watch concerts and events such as Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater, or if you're lazy to get on a bicycle, just hop on a carriage-horse.

A model for the world's urban parks, Central Park was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1963 and New York City scenic landmark in 1974.

A recent visit to Central Park brought this writer from the Museum Mile in Upper East Side down to West 59th Street near Columbus Circle; a visit in Fall 2020 to The Pond (see the respective videos below).

Armando Nicolas PJ is a freelance writer who dabbles in art, design, and photography (see GruffDraft.com), and has only recently started posting content on YouTube and TikTok regularly.


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