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A TURN OF A SPIGOT UNLEASHES A STUNNING DISPLAY OF CASCADING WATER THROUGHOUT SHEEP MEADOW
Tuesday, June 12, 2001
No. 115

A TURN OF A SPIGOT UNLEASHES A STUNNING DISPLAY OF CASCADING WATER THROUGHOUT SHEEP MEADOW

DATE: Wednesday, June 13th, 2001

TIME: 10:30 AM

LOCATION: Sheep Meadow, Central Park

EVENT & PHOTO-OP: Parks Commissioner Henry J. Stern, Regina Peruggi, President of the Central Park Conservancy and Doug Blonsky, Central Park Administrator, will be dressed in 1920’s regalia to reenact the historic moment of the first demonstration of Sheep Meadow’s expansive and elaborate Sprinkler System.

DETAILS: :

Sheep Meadow, the Lilac Walk, and the landscape adjacent to Mineral Springs will receive a synchronized shower from its new state-of-the-art irrigation System. It is comprised of a 3000 linear feet main and 1500 linear feet lateral pipe for 300 sprinkler heads. It replaces an aging system originally installed in 1928 under Commissioner Walter R. Herrick and later restored in 1981 through a unique partnership between the Parks and the Central Park Conservancy.

The new system will operate much like the original, sprinkling 75 different targeted zones at night. It will require minimal labor and maintenance costs by using the latest technological innovations available including quick-coupler valves for hand watering, pressure regulating pumps, automatic controllers, and new electrical valves and wiring.

Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Clavert Vaux as a military parade ground, Sheep Meadow is considered one of the jewels of Central Park. From 1864 until 1934, a flock of Southdown and Dorset Sheep were kept on the meadow to enhance the Romantic English quality of the park. During the 1960s and 1970s, Sheep Meadow was heavily used for large-scale events. Due to lack of maintenance the lawn eroded severely.

Work began on the restoration project in November 2000. Thanks to a generous grant from the Marc Haus Foundation, which also provided an endowment for maintenance, and contributions from the Hyde & Watson Foundation, and the Dillon Fund.

CONTACT: Jane Rudolph (212) 360-1311

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