Frederick Law Olmsted | A Passion for Parks, National Geographic: Central Park Baseball Fields

Birds eye view of urban park with cityscape.

Baseball fields dot the North Meadow, one of Central Park’s largest open areas. Ball fields first appeared there in the 1870s.

Park planner Frederick Law Olmstead did not intend for recreation to take place in Central Park. Although it was designed partly to create a place where the elite could go to relax and breathe fresh air while being surrounded by nature. The theory was that this would help limit the amount of disease and illness they believed resulted from the congested tenement buildings.

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