The park's impact Central Park was very much a product of its period, a convergence of artistic ideas, urban problems, and political will in the decade preceding the Civil War. The natural features of the site - hills, ponds, trees - provided a valuable contrast to the city's grid of streets, which ran along horizontal axes until the early 19th century when they were turned on their sides to make vertical walls for Manhattan.
The idea for Central Park came from Mayor Richard Varick of New York. In 1857, he proposed creating a "public resort" on 528 acres (2.2 km2) of land owned by the city between Fifth and Eighth avenues from 39th to 110th streets. The goal was to give New Yorkers something to do during their free time, since sports and other outdoor activities were popular at the time. The proposal attracted public support and appeared to have enough votes to pass, but it died in Congress over concerns about funding. Another attempt two years later also failed.
However, under Mayor William M. "Boss" Tweed, authority was restored to Mayor Thomas C. Nott, who was an ally of the powerful Tammany Hall political organization. Working with artists' model villages as inspiration, they designed a plan for Central Park that was approved by the city council in 1867.
Every year, millions of people visit Central Park, making it a significant place for displaying public monuments. While the artists whose works are on exhibit at the park have become increasingly diverse in recent decades, the overall collection of artwork still emphasizes white, male characters and artists.
People have been commemorating their favorite heroes with statues since ancient times. When they were available, gold was used for these sculptures, but as time went on, other materials were employed instead. Today, modern equivalents to the ancient bronze statue can cost up to $50,000 or more.
The first recorded evidence of humans' interest in celebrating their own history with statues came from Ancient Egypt. There, people erected statues of themselves together with their kings after victorious battles or during ceremonial occasions such as coronations.
In New York City, people have been commemorating their favorite heroes with statues since 1872. That's when the Association of Memorial Day Celebrants began seeking proposals for monuments depicting important figures from American history. As part of its program, the group would select an artist who would create the sculpture; then, it would be donated to a local community organization which would maintain it until the next annual ceremony was held.
The first monument to be installed as part of this program was designed by Charles Keeler and placed in Calvary Cemetery in Queens.
The Central Park Conservancy provided this image. Central Park was a hazardous area in the 1980s. The park was littered with trash and graffiti, the meadows were bleak dustbowls, the playground equipment and benches were in disrepair, and the century-old infrastructure was deteriorating. In fact, according to the conservancy, "a person could fall into one of the many holes in the ground near the Merriam Road entrance" and be unable to get out.
In addition to the obvious dangers of falling rocks and branches, there were also less apparent hazards such as abandoned tools, wires, and chemicals that could cause serious injury or death if not handled properly. There were also animals who would attack people if they felt threatened, such as coyotes and foxes which lived in the park. Finally, children played unsupervised in the park, so parents should know where their kids are at all times.
In conclusion, Central Park in the 1980s was quite dangerous. Children should not be left alone in the park, nor should others go without a guide or map when visiting it.