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Central Park

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Central Park, New York County, New York, United States (40.78277 -73.96536)

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Name: Central Park topographic map, elevation, relief.
Coordinates: 40.76475 -73.98141 40.80031 -73.94961
Minimum elevation: 0 ft
Maximum elevation: 286 ft
Average elevation: 62 ft

Central Park

In June 1856, Fernando Wood appointed a "consulting board" of seven people, headed by author Washington Irving. The consulting board was organized purportedly to inspire public confidence in the proposed park. Wood hired military engineer Egbert Ludovicus Viele as the chief engineer of the park, tasking Viele with doing a topographical survey of the site. The following April, the state legislature passed a bill to authorize the appointment of a bipartisan group of four Democratic and seven Republican commissioners, who exclusively controlled the planning and construction process.:PDF pp. 8–12:474 Though Viele had already devised a plan for the park, the commissioners disregarded his plan and retained him only to complete the topographical surveys. The Central Park commission started a landscape design contest in April 1857, shortly after Olmsted had been hired as park superintendent. Thirty-three firms or organizations filed official plans. The applications were required to contain extremely detailed specifications, as mandated by the board.:PDF pp. 29–30

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