Prospect Park

Prospect Park



Prospect Park is a 585-acre (237 hectare) public park in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, and the largest public park in Brooklyn. The park is situated between the neighborhoods of Park Slope, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Ditmas Park and Windsor Terrace, as well as Flatbush Avenue, Grand Army Plaza and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Prospect Park is run and operated by the Prospect Park Alliance and New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. It is part of the Brooklyn-Queens Greenway.

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There’s something about old arches, romantic bridges and steep waterfalls that sparks the imagination. Venture into the center of Brooklyn's Prospect Park to the Ravine for some fun exploring. Along the way, you’ll want to see the Nethermead Arch and the Rock Arch Bridge and travel through Brooklyn’s only forest. The highlight of the trek is Ambergill Falls — yes, a waterfall— a sight you’d never believe you could find in NYC.
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Prospect Park, home to a wildlife center, horseback riding trails, baseball fields, tennis courts, ice skating rinks and more, is the epicenter of Brooklyn living. Best of all, the Prospect Park programming committee is undefeated in hosting free and low-cost events ⁠ — such as yoga in the park or performances at the Bandshell ⁠ — that manage to bring together the borough and capture the livelihood of Brooklyn.
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Brooklyn is blessed with a number of historic, view-laden and well used green spaces, but its emerald is Prospect Park. The designers of the 585-acre park – Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux – considered it an improvement on their other New York project, Central Park, and between rambling its tree-fringed walkways and sighing at ornamental bridges, you might agree.
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Looking to peep the leaves of a Norway maple, London plane, white oak, or Camperdown Elm tree? Well, these and many more tree varieties are located within Brooklyn’s favorite park. Kids will love to run and jump into the huge piles of leaves that form, but you can also make it fun with a scavenger list to see how many nature finds they can discover. Want a bird’s eye view of the entire park? Head to Lookout Point.
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Parents of toddlers will love the gated area designed for their little ones, complete with a small slide, steering wheels and noise-making equipment. Older kids can tackle the large spherical rope climbing structure, or test their balance on the dizzying spinning plates. And after an afternoon of climbing, spinning and jumping, you can cool off with a cone at Uncle Louis G’s across the street.
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Prospect Park, which is car-free, offers a 3.4mi (5.5km) loop suitable for all levels of cyclists. The path also hosts annual events such as the NYC Spring Bicycle Racing Series.
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Opened in 1867, Brooklyn's lovely, faux-natural green space has a long meadow to the west (filled with dog-walkers, sportspeople or barbecuers, depending on the season), hilly woodlands and a boat house on the east side, by its expansive lake. Many visitors come to bike, run, stroll, walk their dogs or just lounge around. The park has a zoo, an ice-skating rink. There are also free concerts at the Prospect Park Bandshell and a year-round farmers market is held on Saturdays.
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Brought to you by the masterminds of Central Park, this is a less crowded option right in the heart of Brooklyn. With some intricate wetlands, a green space, and a breathtaking forest, visitors can enjoy walking, running, skating or just exploring. With hundreds of species of trees and annual visits by migratory birds, this is a nature-lover’s paradise. However, the park also has a number of attractions, like a zoo, ice rink, and carousel for those seeking more fun activities.
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Finding a moment of calm amid the hectic urban scene is crucial (just ask the locals) – and there’s no better place to do it than in the cloistered escape of Prospect Park, with sprawling green grass below your downward dog and clouds floating above your mountain pose. Free yoga happens every Thursday at 7pm from the beginning of June until the end of August on Long Meadow, and you just have to fill out the online waiver before your first class.
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