Wednesday 20 September 2017

Day 76 of Mentor on Road, USA

“The powers of the mind are like the rays of the sun when they are concentrated they illumine”
-Swami Vivekananda
Day 76 of Mentor on Road, USA started with a beautiful morning in Central Park, New york. Mentor on Road will be staying near Central Park for the next three days to explore the touristic sites nearby and also, attend the events as scheduled.

Central Park is an urban park in ManhattanNew York City. Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States and one of the most filmed locations in the world.

The park was established in 1857 on 778 acres of city-owned land. In 1858, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, a landscape architect and an architect, respectively, won a design competition to improve and expand the park with a plan they titled the "Greensward Plan". Construction began the same year and the park's first area was opened to the public in the winter of 1858. Construction continued during the American Civil War farther north, and was expanded to its current size of 843 acres in 1873.

Central Park was designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1962, which in April 2017 placed it on the tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The park, managed for decades by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, is currently managed by the Central Park Conservancy under contract with the municipal government in a public-private partnership. The Conservancy is a non-profit organization that contributes 75 percent of Central Park's $65 million annual budget and is responsible for all basic care of the 843-acre park.

A wooded section of the park, called the Ramble and Lake, is popular among birders. Many species of woodland birds, especially warblers, may be seen in the Ramble in the spring and the fall.

Central Park has two ice skating rinks, Wollman Rink and Lasker Rink; during summer, the former is the site of Victorian Gardens seasonal amusement park, and the latter converts to an outdoor swimming pool.

The park drives are used as the home course for the Century Road Club Association's racing series. The CRCA is a USA Cycling sanctioned amateur cycling club.

With the revival of the city and the park in the new century, Central Park has also given birth to other arts groups dedicated to performing in the park, notably Central Park Brass, which performs an annual concert series, and the New York Classical Theatre, which produces an annual series of plays.

In the evening, Mentor on Road prepared for the valedictory event which is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon with Etihad Airways and special guest Carmela Mammas, Director of US Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration to celebrate the successful conclusion of the Mentor on Road USA Tour.

Looking forward to an exciting day tomorrow.

Jai Ho! (Let victory be yours)

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