is a very large park (843 acres = 3.4 km2, a rectangle of 4 km by
800 m) in Manhattan, New York. An oasis for Manhattanites escaping
from their skyscrapers, the park is well-known worldwide after its
appearance in many movies and television shows.
The park was
designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who later created
Brooklyn's Prospect Park. While much of the park looks natural,
it is in fact highly landscaped. It contains several artificial
lakes, extensive walking tracks, two ice-skating rinks, a wildlife
sanctuary, and grassy areas used for myriad sporting pursuits, as
well as playgrounds for children. The park is a popular oasis for
migrating birds, and thus is popular with bird watchers.
the Public Theatre presents free open-air theatre productions, often
starring well-known stage and screen actors, in the Delacorte Theatre.
Most, though not all, of the plays presented are by William Shakespeare