Opening Day Programming
The Prospect Park Alliance welcomes spring to the Park on April 5 with a range of events the entire family will enjoy.
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Join Brooklyn Little Leaguers as they parade through Park Slope and throw the ceremonial first pitch of the season at the Bandshell. Also that day, Alliance volunteers will take part in a spring cleaning of the Park, raking leaves, edging pathways and removing litter from natural areas. The Alliance will also celebrate another great season of family programming at Lefferts Historic House, the Audubon Center at the Boathouse and Pop-Up Audubon with games, activities and exhibits. End the day with a ride on the Prospect Park Carousel, which opens March 27.
OPENING DAY PARADE
10 a.m. Bandshell
Celebrate the coming of Spring and the crack of the first bat as Brooklyn Little Leaguers and their parents march through Park Slope and into Prospect Park. The ceremonial first pitch of the season will be thrown at the Prospect Park Bandshell. The parade begins at 7th Avenue and Carroll Street.
PROSPECT PARK ALLIANCE OPENING DAY VOLUNTEER EVENT
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Meet at 9th Street entrance
Spring cleaning happens everywhere, including Prospect Park! Join the Prospect Park Alliance and other volunteers to rake leaves, edge pathways and remove litter from natural areas. Register Online >
FLAX PLANTING AT LEFFERTS HISTORIC HOUSE
1 – 4 p.m. Lefferts Historic House. $3 suggested donation. (also Sunday April 6)
Celebrate Opening Day with the Alliance at Lefferts Historic House. Help plant the first crop of the season, and have some spring fun spreading flax seed, watering the garden or challenging friends and family to historic hoop games. While you're there, make a fun Lefferts button to take home.
POP-UP AUDUBON! LEAF LITTER CRITTERS
12 – 4 p.m. Look for the orange tent by the Binnen Bridge, near the Audubon Center. Free. (Also April 6)
Join the Prospect Park Alliance for a new season of Pop-Up Audubon, the popular environmental education program that takes place throughout the Park, now in its second year.
2 pm: Nature on the Go!
A healthy forest has helpers to ensure the circle of life goes on. Join Pop-Up Audubon to learn more about creatures, fungus and decomposition. Learn how to create your own compost bin.
3 pm: Nature's Helpers
Spend some time outside enjoying nature while helping to keep the Park clean. Families are invited to take a tour of the Park and help keep it clean along the way. Gloves, garbage bags and trash grabbers will be provided.
4 pm: Family Bird Watching
Ever tried bird watching? Join a naturalist and learn how to observe and identify some of the 200 species of bird that pass through Prospect Park.