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Application for Arsenal Entrance Improvements / 64th Street by the Central Park Conservancy

At the regularly scheduled monthly meeting of Community Board Five on Thursday, September 11, 2014, the following resolution passed with a vote of: 35 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstained, 2 present not entitled to vote.

WHEREAS, Central Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in 1858, is a scenic Landmark designated as such in 1974; and

WHEREAS, The Central Park Conservancy had taken a leading role in revitalization and maintenance of the park since 1980; and

WHEREAS, The Conservancy has presented a plan to make the 64th Street entry accessible with a ADA compliant ramp; and

WHEREAS, The ramp was carefully designed to be inconspicuous in the landscape, including a slope low enough in most places that a hand railing is not required; and

WHEREAS, The application includes enhanced planting to make the ramp unobtrusive; and

WHEREAS, The Conservancy satisfied the committee that it has explored a number of design options to conclude that the scheme presented was the optimal solution; and

WHEREAS, There was some concern expressed with respect to the removal of a small, approximately 4 foot section, of the historic perimeter wall by a minority of the committee; and

WHEREAS, It was noted that in that in the adjacent area there are a number of displaced pavers which are a tripping hazard and an impediment to accessibility; and

WHEREAS, The Conservancy staff agreed to survey the area and add pavement repairs to the scope of this project; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the Central Park Conservancy's application to improve the entry to Central Park at East 64th Street.

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