Central Park: How the New Deal Transformed Manhattan’s Largest Park

Janes Walk


Led By Marcos Baer, Member Living New Deal New York Chapter

(Guide is a member of the New York City Chapter of the Living New Deal). The programs enacted by FDR’s New Deal massively changed the physical environment and the intended purpose of Central Park. This tour will explore the many changes that happened in the nineteen thirties in Central Park, and why and how they were brought about by different individuals -including Robert Moses- and agencies. A historical perspective, starting with park founders Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, about the evolving needs and ideas of how Manhattan’s biggest park should look like, will be provided.

Stops will include:
-Hecksher Playground
-Tavern on the Green
-Rumsey Playfield
-Michael Levin Playground
-Great Lawn
-Mariner’s Playground

Note: Bring sunglasses, comfortable shoes to walk up to 2 hours and umbrella’s in case of rain.

The route distance is approximately 3 miles. Transit options include Columbus Circle subway for the start of the tour and 86 street station (B and C) at 86 and Central Park West for the end of the tour.
Location Information

RSVP is required and capacity is limited. Meeting location, ending location, and directions will be provided via email before walk date.


Saturday, May 6, 2023
3:00 PM
Greater than 1 hour

Borough: Manhattan
Theme: Art & Architecture, History & Culture
Language: English
Central Park's Great Lawn on a sunny late afternoon. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Jim Henderson. Modifications: photo cropped.