Footprints of Robert Moses in Central Park

Janes Walk


Led By Jack Intrator

And there are many. One actually might say that there’s just one footprint, a mighty big one that covers the entirety of Central Park! Robert Moses was appointed to the position of Parks Commissioner in 1934. During his tenure, which ended in 1960, he made many changes to Central Park from the original design of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. Moses’s projects covered the gamut, from transportation to accessibility to Park amenities and aesthetics. On this leisurely walk through the southern half of the Park, we will see Moses’s handiwork and discuss the positives, the negatives and what could have been if he had his way completely. Jack has been studying and exploring Central Park for over 60 years, the last 12 as a volunteer with the Central Park Conservancy. He likes to consider Central Park his home away from home.

There are nearby public transit options (subway and bus) and Citi Bike stations. The route is about two miles long, with some moderate to steep slopes and steps.
Location Information

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


Sunday, May 7, 2023
11:00 AM
Greater than 1 hour

Borough: Manhattan
Theme: Art & Architecture, History & Culture
Language: English
Lower Central Park. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, David Shankbone. Modifications: photo cropped.