Slice of Birkenhead in the Big Apple
THE boss of New York’s Central Park hailed his first visit to the Wirral park which inspired its design as “a dream come true” on Friday.
Doug Blonsky, president and chief executive of the New York Central Park Conservancy, and Central Park Administrator, was given a guided tour of Birkenhead Park and met civic leaders.
Birkenhead Park opened in 1847 and was the first publicly- funded park in Britain.
Central Park designer Frederick Law Olmsted visited in 1850 and later commented on the strong impression that Birkenhead Park made on his designs.
Mr Blonsky was welcomed to Wirral with afternoon tea in Birkenhead Park Visitor Centre, arranged by the Friends of Birkenhead Park, before planting a tree in the park to mark his visit.