The Man Who Built Central Park

 

Can I introduce you to someone?

Meet Olmstead.


Olmstead had a unique passion.

He loved creating parks.

He thought they were necessary for a great quality of life.

He said:

“The enjoyment of scenery employs the mind without fatigue and yet exercises it, tranquilizes it and yet enlivens it; and thus, through the influence of the mind over the body, gives the effect of refreshing rest and reinvigoration of [the] whole system.”

Well said.

He co-designed the world-recognized Central Park in Manhattan and Prospect Park in Brooklyn.

He helped preserve the natural gem of Yosemite and his legacy of design is responsible for building over 200+ beautiful parks all over the USA.

“A park is a work of art, designed to produce certain effects upon the mind of men. There should be nothing in it, absolutely nothing – not a foot of surface nor a spear of grass – which does not represent study, design, a sagacious consideration and application of known laws of cause and effect with reference to that end.”

I never thought much of parks but when I think about it, they are a big deal.

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They carry decades of the world’s memories.

They harbor youthful bike rides, first kisses and unforgettable picnics.

I don’t want to know who I’d be if I couldn’t play in Prospect Park growing up, or read books in it as an adult.

I mean, who would you be if you didn’t have a park?

I wanted to introduce you to Olmstead because he’s a reminder that passions, even as frivolous as they may appear, can still have a tremendous positive effect on the world.

We don’t all have to be lawyers or politicians to change the world.

We can simply make parks.