Celebrate Central Park's 150th B-Day with Car-Free Early Mornings
The central park conservancy and Parks Department have a summer of celebratory events planned to commemorate the park's 150th anniversary. Events include cutting cake and singing happy birthday with the mayor and the president's wife, art projects, conferences, art exhibits and sporting events. But to make the birthday a truly happy one for park users, the Parks Department should do two easy things:
1. Create a weekday early morning car-free and overnight period similar to that of Prospect Park. Car-free weekday periods should be extended to 10 am to 3 pm and 7 pm to 8 am. This would give the large number of early morning park users a respite from speeding cars. Traffic volume before 8 am in the park is light.
2. Reclaim and landscape selected motor vehicle entrances. During the 1990s, the Central Park Conservancy removed the roadway and turned blacktop into greenery at the Columbus Circle and Frederick Douglas Circle entrances. It also closed the Grand Army Plaza/5th Avenue entrance to through traffic. Similarly, the Parks Department and Conservancy should move to reclaim the West 85th Street and West 90th Street and East 102nd Street entrances as park space.
CAR FREE CENTRAL PARK
American Lung Association
Three-month trial car-free period for Central Park!
Speaker, New York City Council*
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