New York City’s Central Park is an oasis of greenery in a forest skyscrapers, a place where the multitudes of the city can obtain a respite from the highs and lows of modernity. As it is one of New York City’s most famous and photogenic landmarks, Central Park can be a place of both serenity and change. Central Park is the most visited urban park in the country with over 37 million people stopping by every year, such that finding Central Park parking may be a challenge.
The history of Central Park began in 1853, when the New York Legislature allocated 700 acres for usage in the implementation of the Greensward Plan for Central Park. The problem with the allotment was that the area where Central Park now sits contained a handful of villages, a problem which was rectified through the controversial use of eminent domain. After clearing the area with gunpowder, vast tracts of fertile soil and a menagerie of species of plants and animals were transported to the park, which became operational in 1873. After a period of decline, the first restoration of Central Park began in 1934 under Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, who assigned Robert Moses to restore the blighted park to its former glory, a task which took only a year.
Once Robert Moses left his post, Central Park entered a second period of decline, as it had when the original developers left. Crime, misuse, neglect, vandalism and other problems besieged the park until citizens groups formed to bring change in the way the park was governed. This tactic worked, as the city brought into being the Office of Central Park Administrator, supported by the Central Park Conservancy to reclaim the park. Central Park was divided into 49 zones, each under the watchful eye of its zone gardener for daily upkeep. This divide-and-conquer strategy proved effective with the help of volunteers dedicated to the defense of the park, including the removal of graffiti and other nuisances in under a day.
There are several features of import in Central Park, but one of the most spectacular is Belvedere Castle, an over-the-top Gothic structure erected in 1869 upon Vista Rock, the second highest point in Central Park, allowing it to overlook what is now the Great Lawn. The Lawn is a green field covering the area of what was once the Lower Reservoir. Another feature of Central Park is Cleopatra’s Needle, an Ancient Egyptian Obelisk (admittedly a thousand years older than Cleopatra) that was erected in Central Park in 1881. Central Park even has its own zoo, with animals from tropical, temperate and polar regions. The 1,800-seat Delacorte Theatre is also located within Central Park, acting as a venue for Shakespeare in the Park during summer months, sometimes played by mainstream Hollywood actors. Finding a Central Park parking spot can be tricky in Midtown Manhattan. When you use ParkWhiz, finding Central Park parking is like a walk in the park.
ParkWhiz allows any Central Park visitor to book a parking spot before their visit, and not worry about having to compete with thousands of others. All you need to do is search Central Park on ParkWhiz, find the parking facility most convenient for you, print out your pass and bring it with you. After you present your ParkWhiz Central Park parking pass to a parking facility attendant, you can park and then enjoy your day at the park.
ParkWhiz offers the ability to reserve the largest nationwide inventory of parking at the lowest prices. Whether it's online, in-app, or in-dash, an amazing parking space is never far away. Our easy-to-use platform and ultra-friendly team of parking professionals make getting where you need to go simpler than it's ever been.
ParkWhiz is the leading transactional platform that enables drivers, fleets and connected vehicles to find and book parking. The company offers the largest inventory of parking spaces for drivers to reserve before reaching their destinations, saving both time and money. Working with all major parking operators, it delivers transactional parking as a value-added service to major brands in sports and entertainment, travel, automotive and navigation. ParkWhiz has built partnerships with brands including Ford, Ticketmaster, Groupon, Madison Square Garden and others. The company operates two consumer-facing brands of its own—ParkWhiz and BestParking—available for Apple, Android and Amazon Alexa. ParkWhiz has parked over seven million vehicles and is operational in over 190 cities in North America and expanding rapidly.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What's the refund policy?
All parking passes are eligible for a no-questions-asked full refund prior to the start time on the pass.
To cancel, simply log in to your account on web or in the app, view your passes, and click "cancel".
You can also do this using the "cancel " link at the bottom of the pass itself.
Alternatively, just click the "cancel" link from your confirmation email.
Please keep in mind, once the arrival time has passed, all bookings are non-refundable.
Parking purchased on a partner website or as part of a parking package are non-refundable.
How do I apply a discount code?
If you received a promotional discount code from ParkWhiz, you'll want to be logged into your ParkWhiz account before applying the code on the checkout page. Make sure you’re using the same email address to log in as the one where you received that coupon!
Note that all discount codes will come from ParkWhiz directly. If you received your code from a third-party website, there's a significant chance it will not work. Unless specifically noted, discount codes cannot be used for monthly parking.
If you were issued ParkWhiz credit, the credit will automatically deduct from your total on the checkout page before your next purchase. Be sure you're logged in under the account to which the credit was issued before confirming that purchase, to see the credit applied.
How do I present my my pass on-site?
Easy peasy! As the vast majority of locations in our network accept a mobile pass, this means you can use your phone or other smart device to show proof of your prepaid purchase once you arrive at the parking facility. To be sure, verify the instructions on your pass to confirm the validation method. That section is titled "When You Arrive" in-app or "How To Park" if viewing on a desktop or mobile web.
For a seamless, no-printer-required experience, check out the ParkWhiz app! Thousands of space at your fingertips. Rest assured that if searching and booking on a mobile device, we won't show you any locations that require a printed pass! At least not until cars come equipped with printers!
If your location does not accept mobile passes, you'll need to print the pass before leaving the house.
Do I have in-and-out privileges?
In most instances, no. The majority of locations on ParkWhiz, including all those in New York City, do not allow re-entry.
If any specific parking facility does allow for you to come & go during the reserved timeframe, you'll see a "Reentry Allowed" amenity icon listed; this is shown in the details section both pre-purchase and post-purchase.
If you don't see anything on the listing page pertaining to specifically to reentry privileges, it's best to assume that you will not be allowed to come and go throughout the duration of your parking pass.
Are there any additional fees on site?
Generally, no. What you see online is what you pay as long as you park within the timeframe on your parking pass. Any time parked outside the arrival or departure listed on your pass will likely incur an additional onsite fee, as determined by the parking provider. ParkWhiz purchases include tax.
The only exception to the above pertains to oversize vehicle fees, which may apply to any vehicle larger than a sedan. Fee amounts vary between individual Parking Operators, and will be assessed on-site if you do not prepay for an oversize vehicle through our platform.
Although pricing structures are determined individually by the facility owner/operator, ParkWhiz prices tend to be cheaper than drive-up in most cases! If you ever feel the rate on ParkWhiz was more expensive than drive-up, take a photo of the price on-site and send us an email! We love deals as much as you do and are eager to ensure you're getting a fair rate.