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Central Park Arch Project

Organized by: Central Park Arch Project

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THE STORY:

Help us save lives and restore beauty!

To learn more and sign our petition, please visit our website at: centralparkarchproject.org.

Did you know that there were never intended to be crosswalks in Central Park? Every year, this beloved park has over 35 million visitors. Residents and tourists alike enjoy great expanses and intimate spaces of peace and tranquility, seemingly far away from the hustle and bustle of the New York yet right in its center. 

Despite this tranquility, the park's crosswalks and pathways are bustling with life: a moving patchwork of pedestrians, vendors, emergency vehicles and bicyclists all precariously close to one another.

It was in these crosswalks that during the second half of 2014 we lost the lives of two pedestrians in Central Park bicycle collisions. Absent further action, accidents such as these are bound to become more and more common with the continued adoption of bicycle transportation within New York City.

Central Park was originally built with more than 30 arches  intended to serve both an aesthetic purpose in maintaining the park’s beauty as well as a functional purpose in separating pedestrians from carriage traffic.  In modern times, roadways were simplified and crosswalks were favored to the infallible and more elegant arch.

We wish to restore arches created then later destroyed by the park’s original architects, Frederic Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux and to amend pathways that were simplified nullifying the intention of arches which still exist.

These arches will not only create safer crossings but allow us to pay respect to the original and groundbreaking design of the park; maintaining the timeless and seamless beauty of a space beloved by millions while allowing for both the casual stroll and faster bicycle ride without fear of danger or injury.

Please help Central Park Arch Project in our mission to restore archways to their proper place in the park and save lives. Initial donations will go toward proper incorporation of Central Park Arch Project, our feasibility study, and getting our message out to the city, state, and federal officials who can help see the plan to fruition. Funds raised in excess of achieving our goal of seeing archways used to increase safety in the park are intended to be given to The Central Park Conservancy.

To learn more and sign our petition, please visit our website at: centralparkarchproject.org.

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Donor Comments

Stephen Marmon

Stephen Marmon

DONATION: $10

I was born in a room overlooking the park, had my kiss there and was married there. This is a great idea. 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $15

2 years ago

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