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Satellite Photo of Central Park in the 1990s

Here, rather than presenting a line drawing, we show you an actual satellite photograph of the park from very recent past. The walkway designs are basically retained from the 1901 Olmsted plan.  In fact, the northwest and southeast corners still preserve the essential layout of the early 1880s, possibly the late 1870s.  The changes are essentially as follows:  The Tennis Courts are now on the north side of the park, where the lake and art gallery stood in +/- 1884-1904. The C Douglas Ramey Amphitheater has been built just east of the colonnade, and hosts the annual Shakespeare in Central Park festival.  The wading pool is gone, and the health club and outdoor gymnasium areas are now the 5th precinct Police headquarters and parking lot.  The open air picnic shelter has been enclosed and houses the Old Louisville Information Center. The hedgerows that once secluded the park were cut down in the late 1970s for safety concerns, and because they had become the site of some activities that offended some prurient interests (especially when utilized by highest city officials).  These latter changes, while probably justified, markedly altered the character of the early 1900 park.  Without the perimeter enclosure, the park is again visually open from the exterior as it had been through the 1880s and 1890s.
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