Prospect Park

Prospect Park is an urban park located in Brooklyn, New York City. It is located within the Brooklyn neighborhood, including Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Flatbush, and Windsor Terrace. It is close to The Brooklyn Museum, Grand Army Plaza, Grand Army Plaza the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. It encompasses 526 acres (213 ha). Prospect Park is the second-largest park accessible to the public in Brooklyn after Marine Park.

The original plan was included in the legislation passed in 1859. Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux developed Prospect Park. They also played a part in the design and design of Central Park in Manhattan. Central Park, following various modifications to its layout. Prospect Park opened in 1867 but was not completed until 1873. The park was later subject to numerous changes and expansions to its facilities. Within the City, Beautiful architectural movement and numerous extensions to the park were built in 1890. At the beginning of the 20 century, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks) commissioner Robert Moses started cleaning up Prospect Park. A decline in the second decade of the 20th century led to the creation of the Prospect Park Alliance, which renovated several park areas by the end of the 1980s.

The most well-known attractions in the park comprise its 90 acres (36 acres) Long Meadow; the Picnic House; Litchfield Villa; Prospect Park Zoo; the Boathouse; Concert Grove; the only lake in Brooklyn that covers sixty acres (24 ha), and the Prospect Park Bandshell that hosts free outdoor performances during the summer season. Parks also have sporting facilities, including Prospect Park Tennis Center, Prospect Park Tennis Center, basketball courts, soccer fields, and baseball courts. Facilities for soccer, baseball, and The New York Petanque Club are located on the Parade Ground. The unique Society of Friends (Quaker) cemetery is located on Quaker Hill, close to playing fields. In addition, Prospect Park is part of the Brooklyn-Queens Greenway. The greenway is a part of the western region of Long Island.

Landscape Features


The water that flows through Prospect Park is part of one artificial watercourse. A naturalistic flowing stream fed by several ponds creates the 60-acre (24 acres) lake located at the park’s southernmost point. The watercourse was designed by Olmsted and Vaux and utilized kettle ponds, which were formed by glaciers and lowland plains to construct the drainage basin around the watercourse. The watercourse was planned to include a forested ravine surrounded by crucial animals and plants along the river’s edge.


Prospect Park’s watercourse entrance is an artificial 60-acre Prospect Lake (also known as Prospect Park Lake). Prospect Lake includes several islands and hosts more than 20 species. The lake hosts the R.H. Macy’s Fishing Contest every year, which dates back to 1947. While NYC Parks generally allows licensed anglers to fish in the lake, the park enforces its catch-and-release policy to prevent the loss of populations of fish.

Restaurants Nearby

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