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The Great Lawn

New York

NY

USA

Contributed by 
Josh Kent
Project for Public Spaces
 on 
May 7, 2003
December 14, 2017

A sweeping, grassy expanse in the middle of Olmsted and Vaux's masterpiece.

What makes it Great?

Why it doesn't work?

I spent my spring, summer and falls playing softball, soccer, frisbee and basketball on the Great Lawn's fields and playgrounds. However, the space is so much more than a place to play sports. The combination of great management and multiple activities makes it a gathering point for sun tanners, fishers, picnickers, concert-goers, theater-goers (Shakespeare in the Park), roller bladers, playground users and much more.

People run barefoot through the grass as if they were in an open country field and not in one of the densest cities in the world. It is a remarkable feat and a great service for New Yorkers and tourists alike.

The Great Lawn is at its peak in the summer. Wednesday night concerts and Shakespeare in the Park bring New York culture right to the Lawn, making Central Park active and safe at night. But on any given day of the year, whether it be for a picnic or a cross country ski excursion, the Lawn is one of New York's great places to gather.

Access & Linkages

It is accessible by foot and easy to reach from any point in the park, which is especially impressive considering the size of Central Park.

Comfort & Image

The Lawn is maintained and programmed exceptionally well, and it has a strong image as one of the park's premier spaces.

Uses & Activities

It has a plethora of uses and activities, from sports to outdoor theater.

Sociability

The Lawn is a wonderful group destination, be it for planned activities like Shakespeare in the Park, or spontaneous picnics or other outings.

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