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It needs some researches of nyc park about ecology and biology studies.

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Central Park Ecological Portrait




Central Park Ecological Portrait
Central Park is located in Manhattan, New York. Its location between the Upper West Side and
the Upper East Side of New York make it centrally placed in the city. Also, is one of the largest
urban parks and has many facilities including a museum, zoo, dining areas, and an open field for
relaxing. Central Park is bounded by Fifth Avenue on the east, Eighth Avenue on the west, 59th
Street on the south, and 110th Street on the north (National Park Service, 2007). Central Park is
in the heart of the city with millions of visitors annually but it also has a rich collection of Flora
and Fauna which sharply contrasts the rest of the busy city. As one of the biggest and most
visited urban parks in the United States, Central Park harbors a lot of biological species which
add to the taste of nature when visiting the location.
1. Physical Setting
Geological and Landscape Character
Central Park is in the center of Manhattan and its landscape allows the integration of artificial
features in the park’s natural land. The landscape of the park follows the concept of architecture
coined by architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux known as landscape architecture.
Landscape architecture is the technique of designing outdoor spaces while incorporating the
natural aspects to the built area to achieve a blend between artificial work and the natural
environment while conserving the latter from environmental degradation (Schuyler, 2015). This
is the case in Central Park as seen from its incorporation of landscapes based on its natural
environment while also involving artificial designs and activities showing the life of New
Yorkers. Central Park inculcates three types of landscapes; pastoral, picturesque, and formal.
The pastoral landscape is characterized by long sprawling lawns and open spaces. This is mainly
seen with the Great Lawn which is right next to the Turtle Pond and it is the flat area in the
middle of the park. It is a great place for people who come to relax on the lawns in the park. The
second type of landscape is the picturesque and this includes the rugged, rough, and irregular
landscapes. These mostly have the tree-lined walk paths and are great spots for bird-watching.
These landscapes also contain rocks, water ponds, and wood. This landscape can be seen south
of the Great Lawn in an area referred to as the Ramble and the Lake. It has a highly varied
topography. Finally, the formal features in the park include the built space placed strategically
around the park itself. The Bethesda Terrace and the Mall are examples of the central park
formal space. The integration of ponds and lakes as well as the different landscapes in the park
makes it a complex area for different organisms.
Land Use History
As the first landscaped public park in the United States, Central Park has a rich history of land
use. The design of the park and land use started from the irregular terrain including swamps and
bluffs which made the space unsuitable for private development hence the start of the park. The
creation of the park mainly included blasting rocky ridges using gunpowder, planting trees and
shrubs, stonecutting to reshape the topography, and making reservoirs (Schuyler, 2015). The land
in Central Park, therefore, has been recreated over time to accommodate different functions such
as incorporating walk trails, creating playgrounds, ...

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