Central Park in New York City is comprised of 843 acres. It is 2 1/2 miles long and 1/2 mile wide. Central Park initially consisted of 778 acres when it was first opened in 1857. Central Park lies within the Manhattan borough of New York City.
Central Park was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1962. The Park is operated by the Central Park Conservancy and receives an average of 40 million visitors each year. Central Park is owned by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and stays open all year. The vast majority of Central Park has been professionally landscaped, despite appearing natural. Central Park contains seven man-made lakes and ponds.