A Green Place to Be: The Creation of Central Park

In 1858, New York City was growing so fast that new roads and tall buildings threatened to cover much of Manhattan. People needed a green place to be - a park that could be accessible to everyone, with ponds to row on and paths to follow among trees and over bridges.

A citywide contest for plans for a new park was announced, and Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted put their heads together to create the winning design. Then the hard work of implementing their ideas to make a great green park began. 

Learn more about the construction of New York's Central Park in this delightful picture book. 

By Ashley Benham Yazdani
40 Pages
Published by Candlewick Press, 2019
9.8 x 11.5 inches