Olmsted and Vaux’s Central Park Today

Posted on Jun 22, 2017

CentralParkTimKang

Cocktails and Conversation

with Tim Marshall

Friday, July 14, 2017

6-8 pm

$25, Members $20

 

The inaugural event of the summer-long exhibit Cadwalader Park – An Olmsted Vision brings together the Trenton Museum Society, the Cadwalader Park Alliance and interested patrons to share the insight of Central Park expert, Tim Marshall.  The evening begins with an cocktail reception, featuring the “Ravine” the Museum Society’s signature cocktail, and an opportunity to chat informally with Tim Marshall.   It continues with Marshall’s presentation: Olmsted and Vaux’s Central Park Today, an inspiration for Trentonians to renew efforts to restore our own beautiful Olmsted park.

Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of New York’s Central Park and Trenton’s Cadwalader Park, is considered to be the father of American landscape architecture.  His public parks, the design of which he was most proud, have had a lasting effect on urban America. Celebrating 115 years of that legacy, the exhibit at Ellarslie will explore the importance of Cadwalader Park to Trenton residents and visitors alike.

Like Cadwalader Park, Central Park in Manhattan is a living park.  It has responded to the changes and demands of the modern era, adding recreational facilities to Olmsted and Vaux’s idyllic landscape. It has suffered from neglect and misuse and revived under periods of reclamation.  In the 1980s the Central Park Conservancy was formed to restore and protect the park. Over the years it has raised millions in private money and has completed numerous restoration projects. Today the Conservancy manages and maintains the park under an agreement with the City of New York.  Visitors from around the world flock to Central Park to enjoy its many features.  “The Park’s restorations gradually fostered important social changes in public behavior that returned the sanctity of public space to Central Park and ultimately to New York City at large. The American ideal of a great public park and its importance as a place to model and shape public behavior and enhance the quality of life for all its citizens once again defines the measurement of a great municipality.” Trentonians have much to learn from the successful management of Central Park.

E. Timothy Marshall, FASLA tim_marshall

Tim Marshall, principal and owner of ETM Associates, LLC has been involved with public space management for 30 years. Prior to establishing his office in Highland Park, New Jersey, he served as the Deputy Administrator and Vice President for New York City’s Central Park Conservancy. During his tenure with the Conservancy he was involved in the development of the Central Park Restoration and Management Plan, and was directly responsible for its on-going implementation, as well as the day-to-day management of this iconic public space.

 


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