Mystery behind Central Park's liquid landscape

Amy Freeze has more.
March 20, 2014 2:52:54 PM PDT
When you think about landscape of Central Park, you think rolling hills, the Great Lawn, and frolicking in flowers, but water is also a major part of the park.

Water makes up almost 20 percent of the park, and a new exhibit that reveals the mystery behind Central Park's liquid landscape.

"Water covers 150 acres of the 800 acres in Central Park. It's a significant part of the park in its overall experience," Terri Carta, Institute for Urban Parks, said.

Yet, you may not realize water in the park is cared for just like every blade of grass on the great lawn. In fact, water levels are carefully controlled, almost like a bathtub.

"The water bodies are like a bath tub we can open valves and turn on faucets. In advance of a big storm we lower to allow for natural run off," she said.

7 different water bodies are in the park, and now you can learn all about them in a new exhibit.

"It has a bunch of interactive features pull and look at hidden elements and reveal the Harlem Meer," Carta said.

This free exhibit gives you more water science than can even be seen with the naked eye.

"A peek into one or two drop of water, and so much life here, spinning and amoeba literally in a drop of water," Carta said.

There's an room of water education. From interactive videos, to revealing facts about fish and water wildlife.

"Another high light of how important shoreline plants are for erosion control," she said.

The exhibit will be open 7 days week starting Saturday for 18 month but it will change seasonally. And it's FREE!

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