Vaux & Olmsted’s “Other” Central Park is the title of an article recently written on bobvila.com about Downing Park. Like every great city, green spaces are essential to balance out the urban landscape. Apart from the Hudson River and Washington’s Headquarters, Newburgh has this historic park with trees over 100 years old designed by legendary landscape architects Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
“Downing Park has serpentine paths and picturesque vistas—features very similar, though on a different scale, to those of New York City’s Central Park,” points out Christopher Tripoli, executive director of the Downing Park Planning Committee, which oversees and maintains the park. “Andrew Jackson Downing was Olmsted and Vaux’s mentor and lived in Newburgh his whole life. This was the last park that Olmsted and Vaux designed together and the only park that they collaborated on with their sons, John Olmsted and Downing Vaux.”
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