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Welcome to the Dene Slope
A Native Meadow
The design that Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux conceived for Central park transformed the rocky, marshy pre-park site into a masterful composition of diverse landscapes to create an idealized expression of rural scenery. These included picturesque woods, serene lakes and ponds, and the landscape type most closely associated with the Park and its creators – pastoral meadows. Meadows figured prominently in Olmsted’s and Vaux’s vision for the Park, as reflected in the title of their winning competition entry for its design, which they called simply, “Greensward.”
The park’s designers were focused on the uplifting effect that the scenic quality of meadows would have on the human spirit. But meadows have additional value beyond the psychological effects Olmsted and Vaux emphasized.
Landscapes planted with native grasses and wildflowers produce ecological and environmental benefits. In addition to supporting a broader diversity of wildlife, they can be a practical, sustainable treatment for certain landscape types, once native grasses are established at sufficient height to prevent self-seeding invasive species
Support for the Dene Slope restoration project is provided by
Robert J. Katz and Arlene Mann
Additional support for parkwide improvement and stewardship is provided by
Paulson Family Foundation
Erected by Central Park Conservancy/NYC Parks.
Location. 40° 46.204′ N, 73° 58.189′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker can be reached from 5th Avenue. The marker is located within Central Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10065, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Balto (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lehman Gates (about 600 feet away); “New York of the Presidents” (about 600 feet away); The Lotos Club (about 600 feet away); William John Liebig (about 700 feet away); William Shakespeare (about 700 feet away); Temple Emanu-el (about 700 feet away); Robert Burns Statue (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 7, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 4, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 59 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 4, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.