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At nearly one mile in length, the Long Meadow is thought to be the longest stretch of unbroken meadow in any U.S. urban park, providing instant relief from the bustling urban landscape just outside the Park’s walls.
The Long Meadow stretches from the Park’s northern end, at Grand Army Plaza, to its western end at Prospect Park Southwest. Once home to grazing sheep and legions of lawn tennis and croquet players, the Meadow’s grassy slopes are now dotted with people strolling, picnicking, flying kites, and playing sports. Nearby features include the Picnic House, Bandshell, and Ravine. The Long Meadow also hosts a summer concert by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
At the Picnic House, you’ll find public restrooms and picnic tables. The Long Meadow Ballfields are home turf for youth baseball.
Click here to learn about the history of the Long Meadow.
Enjoy a 360 degree view of the Long Meadow. When the new window opens, just click and move your mouse left or right (photos by Andre Stechert).
The Long Meadow is accessible from almost anywhere in the Park, with main entrances at Grand Army Plaza, Bartel-Pritchard Circle (intersection of Prospect Park West and Prospect Park Southwest near 15th Street), 3th Street/Prospect Park West, and 9th Street/Prospect Park West.
By Public Transportation: MTA Maps
• F or G Train to 15th Street-Prospect Park or 7th Avenue station
• 2 or 3 Train to Grand Army Plaza station
• Q or B Train to 7th Avenue station
• B41 Bus along Flatbush Avenue to Grand Army Plaza
• B69 Bus to Grand Army Plaza
• B61 Bus along 9th Street to 9th Street/Prospect Park West
From Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges: Take Flatbush Avenue to Grand Army Plaza, then Prospect Park West exit to 9th Street.
From Brooklyn-Queens Expressway: Take BQE to 38th Street exit. Make left on 4th Ave, then right on 9th Street to Prospect Park West.
Prospect Park is closed daily from 1 to 5 a.m.
All sports are prohibited on lawns when wet.
No cleats are allowed in Prospect Park.
Cricket is not allowed in Prospect Park for safety reasons. Cricket is allowed at Canarsie Beach and Marine Park. Please call (718) 965-8912 for permits and availability.
Metal detectors are not allowed on manicured lawns or in wooded areas.
Sports are prohibited on all lawns in Prospect Park from December 1 through March 31. The lawns need time to rest and rejuvenate! The Parade Ground has several synthetic fields open during these months. Please call (718) 965-8973 for permits and availability.
The Ballfields are available for organized sports on a seasonal basis:
April through Labor Day : baseball and softball only
September through November: soccer only
Volleyball, frisbee, football, and rugby are not allowed in the ballfields. Please use the Nethermead for these sports.
Permit & Rental
For information about obtaining a permit for gatherings of more than 20 people, please call the Office of Special Events at (718) 965-8944 or click here. Click here for information about baseball permits.