Inspired By Olmsted Contest 2017

Honor the 1857 New York City Central Park design contest by designing your own park!

Black and white Greensward Plan drawing
The Greensward Plan, winner of the contest held by New York City to create Central Park

National Parks Service, Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site

In 1857, New York City held a public contest to design what would become Central Park. Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux entered and won the competition with their Greensward Plan, and the park that resulted has defined the city ever since.

This year, we honor that contest by holding a new park design competition: high schoolers may enter their designs for a fictional city's proposed new park!
Contest open to current high school students.
Submissions due by July 15, 2017.
First prize: $250
Runner-up: $100

Enter the Contest!

Your challenge: design a park that is a useful and pleasing community space, and then tell us why your design works.
1. Download and read the Contest Rules and Guidelines
2. Download the Inspired By Olmsted Contest Site Map
3. Design your park!
4. Submit your completed park design and vision statement


Contact Piper Sallquist at
Mark Swartz at

Last updated: February 27, 2017

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