|Literary Walk: C69|
| At the southern part of the Mall, the main
thoroughfare and gateway into Central Park is
With mounting concern that the many requests to have statues installed in the Park would eventually deprive it of its naturalistic character, Olmsted proposed that the Mall itself be allocated to the installation of sculptures.
It wasn't long after Olmsted's decree that the statues of William Shakespeare and Sir Walter Scott were installed in 1872. Soon afterward in 1880 Robert Burns was dedicated and following soon afterward for some unknown reason Columbus made it to this place of literary distinction in 1894.
At the southern end of Literary walk is the only Park tribute to its creator Frederick Law Olmsted, the Olmsted Flower Bed. It features beautifully blooming pansies, impatiens and tulips and is a veritable explosion of color in the spring and well worth a visit for that alone.