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The Prospect Park Alliance


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The Prospect Park Alliance partners with the City of New York and the community to make Prospect Park the beautiful place Brooklynites know and love. We care for the natural environment, preserve historic design, provide facilities, and host events, programs and activities through the year for all New Yorkers.

Designed and constructed in the mid-19th-century, Prospect Park is one of Brooklyn’s most treasured destinations, and one of the premier urban parks in the United States. The Prospect Park Alliance is a non-profit organization founded in 1987 to restore Prospect Park after years of budget cuts, a steady deterioration of the Park’s natural areas and structures, and fewer and fewer visitors. By raising money to support the Park’s basic operating budget with private funds, the Alliance has initiated a large array of capital projects and community programs. The Alliance oversees the day-to-day operations of Prospect Park, which now includes tree and lawn care, maintenance of facilities, and the removal of trash throughout the Park. The Alliance has boosted public awareness of the crucial role parks play in the urban environment, while gaining support from donors and volunteers for the restoration projects that have revitalized Prospect Park, which today receives more than 10 million visits each year.

The Alliance has not only been active in the restoration of Prospect Park’s physical well-being, but also its transformation into an important cultural resource. It was instrumental in the restoration of the 1912 Carousel, the transformation of Lefferts Historic House into one of the first children’s historic house museums in the United States, the renovation of the Park’s seven playgrounds, and the capital campaign to save Brooklyn’s only forest — a restoration of 150 acres of woodlands in the Park’s Ravine. The Alliance formed a trailblazing partnership with the National Audubon Society to create the nation’s first urban Audubon Center, which opened in 2002 at the Park’s historic Boathouse. Recent successful projects include the renovation of Bailey Fountain in Grand Army Plaza, the complete reconstruction of the 40-acre Parade Ground, and a new Tennis Center. The Prospect Park Alliance’s most ambitious project is now completed: the $74 million Lakeside project featuring the Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Center, the Shelby White and Leon Levy Esplanade, and Chaim Baier Music Island.

The Alliance’s efforts combined with the support of many business partners, private donors, and Alliance members have significantly increased use of the Park, while making critical improvements to its fragile ecosystem and preserving its historic and architectural treasures.

The work of the Alliance has been recognized over the years through the receipt of awards for restoration and landscape design.

  • 2013 New York Landmarks Conservancy Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award for the Restoration of Music Island and the Concert Grove
  • 2013 New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects Chapter Design Award for the Restoration of Lakeshore and Music Island
  • 2010 Public Design Commission of the City of New York Award for Excellence in Design for the Restoration of the Prospect Park Lakeshore and Music Island
  • 2005 Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce: Building Brooklyn Award for the Parade Ground
  • 2003 Preservation League of New York State Award: Excellence in Historic Preservation for the Restoration of the Audubon Center at the Boathouse
  • 2000 City of New York Art Commission – Excellence in Design Award for Harmony Playground and Surrounding Landscape
  • 1998 The American Society of Landscape Architects National Merit Award for the Reconstruction of the Ravine
  • 1998 New York Landmarks Conservancy Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award for the Restoration of the Ravine
  • 1998 City of New York Art Commission – Excellence in Design Award for the Imagination Playground
  • 1997 City of New York Art Commission – Excellence in Design Award for the Ravine and Binnen Bridge
  • 1996 City of New York Art Commission – Excellence in Design Award for Lincoln Road Playground and Surrounding Landscape
  • 1996 American Carousel Society Award for the Preservation of the Carousel
  • 1992 Municipal Art Society of New York Certificate of Merit for the Carousel
  • 1990 New York Landmarks Conservancy Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award for the Restoration of the Carousel
  • 1990 City of New York Art Commission – Excellence in Design Award for the Reconstruction of Carroll Park

Everyone who uses and loves Prospect Park can help us to keep it beautiful. Please give your supporttime, and voice and be a part of the Alliance to help make a great park greater.


Most Recent Annual Report  (You’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader)

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Audited Financial Statements FY13 I NYS 2012 Form CHAR500 I IRS 2012 Form 990 I IRS Form 1023

 

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