Central Park is a popular destination for native New Yorkers and tourists. A peaceful escape from the bustling city, Central Park is a lush urban oasis. When it was constructed in the mid-19th century, the park was the country’s first major landscaped public park. Prior to being made a park, it was actually the location of a small village. Despite Central Park’s well-manicured fields and paths, it was not always as grand as it is today. In the 1970s, the park fell into despair and was neglected for over a decade but has since been restored.