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The Children’s District

 
 
The Children’s District wayside image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, March 5, 2020
1. The Children’s District wayside
Inscription.  
When Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux designed Central Park in 1858, they designated the area south of 65th Street as the “Children’s District”. They deliberately placed features close together that they knew would appeal to youngsters: the carousel, fanciful rustic shelters and the Dairy, where toys could be rented and milk purchased. Children could thus move easily from on attraction to another.

The Dairy
You are standing under the loggia of the Dairy, the Central Park Visitor Center. Built in 1870, the Dairy offered fresh milk for city children as well as place to enjoy cool breezes from the Pond. Today you can pick up park brochures inside at the information desk, have questions answered about events, and enjoy exhibits, park games and tours.

Chess & Checkers House
Atop a large rock outcrop – the Kinderberg, or “children’s mountain” in German - is the Chess and Checkers House, with its indoor and outdoor game tables. Playing pieces can be borrowed at the Dairy information desk: indoor tables are available on weekends.

Wollman Rink
Ice skating and refreshments
The Children’s District - Panel 1 image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, March 5, 2020
2. The Children’s District - Panel 1
are available from fall into spring at Wollman Rink, originally constructed in 1950 on the northeastern arm of the Pond.

Carousel
Fifty-eight hand-carved horses constitute one of the United States’ largest carousels, a superb example of folk art built by Stein and Goldstein in 1908. The carousel is open seven days a week, weather permitting.

Zoo
The Central Park Zoo has been entirely rebuilt, with realistic habitats which display animals from temperate, tropical and polar regions.

Heckscher Ballfield
The site of one of three playgrounds in the original 1858 design for Central Park, Heckscher Ballfield now contains six softball diamonds.

Cop Cot
The Cop Cot, which in Scottish dialect means “little house on the crest of a hill”, was rebuilt in 1985, following historic drawings for the summerhouse on this site. The Cop Cot is one of many rustic shelters which once crowned rocky promontories in the Park.

Sheep Meadow
Fifteen acres of lush lawn are reserved for picnicking and sunbathing. Food and restrooms are located at the northwestern corner at the Mineral Springs Pavilion.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureParks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location. 40° 46.145′ N, 73° 58.425′ 
The Children’s District - The Dairy image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 13, 2015
3. The Children’s District - The Dairy
W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Central Park - The Dairy, New York NY 10019, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Transverse Road #1 (a few steps from this marker); Columbus (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); William Shakespeare (about 500 feet away); Sir Walter Scott (about 500 feet away); Robert Burns Statue (about 500 feet away); William John Liebig (about 800 feet away); Balto (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lehman Gates (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Also see . . .  The Children's District: Then and Now. Central Park Conservancy Magazine entry (Submitted on February 8, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
The Children’s District - a child-sized water fountain image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 13, 2015
4. The Children’s District - a child-sized water fountain
The Children’s District wayside - Panel 2 image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, March 5, 2020
5. The Children’s District wayside - Panel 2
The Children’s District - Chess & Checkers House image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, March 5, 2020
6. The Children’s District - Chess & Checkers House
The Children’s District - Wollman Rink image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, March 5, 2020
7. The Children’s District - Wollman Rink
The Children’s District - Carousel image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, March 5, 2020
8. The Children’s District - Carousel
The Children’s District - Zoo image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, October 27, 2017
9. The Children’s District - Zoo
The Children’s District - Heckscher Ballfield image. Click for full size.
Via Central Park.org, unknown
10. The Children’s District - Heckscher Ballfield
The Children’s District - Cop Cot image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, February 4, 2019
11. The Children’s District - Cop Cot
The Children’s District - Sheep Meadow image. Click for full size.
via Wikipedia, unknown
12. The Children’s District - Sheep Meadow
The Children’s District - panel 3 image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, March 5, 2020
13. The Children’s District - panel 3
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 8, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on February 8, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.
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