The images below show the 1910 John Parkinson design for Central Park, which was renamed Pershing Square in 1918. The park was torn up in 1951 to build a parking lot and bomb shelter, and when re-opened was mainly open lawn, with benches around the perimeter. Later designs were even less hospitable. Please familiarize yourself with the version of the park our petition seeks to see restored, then sign and share if you agree.
Exclusive: see newly restored footage of John Parkinson's park design, as featured in Lois Weber's 1916 film Shoes (courtesy EYE Filmmuseum).