On Sesame Street, Central Park has been used as a filming location for some of the opening theme song footage, for Sesame Street Jam: A Musical Celebration, as well as for many other instances of individual segments. Earlier on in the show, Belvedere Castle in Central Park was used in establishing shots for Count von Count's castle. Other notable uses of the park on Sesame Street include a segment with the adults riding bicycles (First: Episode 1186), an insert where David roller skates, and an insert where Barkley follows Mr. Snuffleupagus at Central Park. In the special, Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake, Big Bird and the gang head to Central Park's Wollman Memorial Rink for his skating party.
In June 1983, the Muppets appeared at an event with Mayor Ed Koch at the Naumburg Bandshell in the south end of the park. Photos from the event are featured in the book New York Comes Back: The Mayoralty of Edward I. Koch.
- In the comic book adaptation of The Muppets Take Manhattan, when Kermit the Frog starts joking about the thought of marrying Miss Piggy, he suggests that they have their wedding at "Central Pork".