The Great Lawn at Central Park, New York City, is one of the most recognizable areas of this famous urban park that was designed in 1857 by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. Central Park was originally conceived as a way to serve both high society and the lower classes, but in its early years, it was primarily used by the rich. The Great Lawn was added in 1937 with 55 acres of Kentucky bluegrass and helped turn the park into a more inviting experience for the working and middle classes. The initial beauty of the Great Lawn became dimmed over the years through overuse and a lack of care, but in 1995, it was restored and has been a pristine lawn since. Not just a beautiful recreational area, the Great Lawn is also a popular venue for musical concerts and has hosted the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Bon Jovi and Diana Ross as well as the well-known performance by Simon & Garfunkel in a 1982 benefit concert for Central Park. Get your tickets for Great Lawn at Central Park events at StubHub.
What is the Great Lawn seating capacity?
The Great Lawn is an open-air venue, and it can hold a substantial crowd. One of the largest attendances at a concert was for Garth Brooks with an estimated 980,000 people.
Is the Great Lawn accessible by public transportation?
You can get to Great Lawn at Central Park events by either bus or subway. Buses M103, M1, B44, B24, Q32, M60-SBS, BXM2 and M10 all have routes close to Central Park. Subway trains A, L, 2, 7 and E have combined routes close by with Line A stopping next to Central Park.
Is there on-site parking at the Great Lawn?
There is no on-site parking provided at Great Lawn at Central Park events. However, there is free parking on some side streets, metered parking on many of the surrounding streets and paid lots and garages in the area.
Can you tell me about the food and drink offerings at the Great Lawn at Central Park?
There are many options for food and drinks at Central Park. There are three full-service restaurants: Loeb Boathouse Restaurant, Tavern on the Green and Le Pain Quotidien. There are fast food and concession offerings at Ballfields CafŽ, Dancing Crane CafŽ, Harlem Meer Snack, Kerbs Boathouse CafŽ and Wollman Rink. There are also many food trucks and carts around the park.
Is the Great Lawn at Central Park a wheelchair-friendly facility?
The Great Lawn is part of Central Park, and some areas are ADA accessible. The perimeter path around the Great Lawn has a gentle slope and is accessible by wheelchair. The entrance paths to the perimeter path vary with some being fully wheelchair accessible and some possessing either a moderate or steep slope. The restrooms at the Delacorte Theater are ADA-compliant and are located next to the Great Lawn.Back to Top