Prospect Park: Post Hurricane Recovery
Learn the latest in our recovery efforts and how you can help.
(Updated: Decembe 13, 2012)
Prospect Park sustained significant damage from Hurricane Sandy and the Nor’easter that hit less than two weeks later. The damage to the Park from these storms far exceeds that of any storm in the 25 year history of the Prospect Park Alliance. Over 500 trees, many of them older and very large trees, were knocked down or so severely damaged that they had to be taken down. In addition, over 1,000 large branches fell or were hanging and had to be removed.
The Park Drives are now opened for the AM and PM rush. Thank you for your patience and understanding while they were closed.
All playgrounds are open except for Lincoln Road playground. Lincoln Road playground will remain closed until further notice. There was significant damage to the equipment, the fence, and the safety surface.
Lincoln Road Playground
The Prospect Park Alliance thanks its staff and volunteers along with the Parks Department staff, over 500 volunteers from NYC Service, FEMA, the US Forestry Service, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservations and other agencies who all worked incredibly hard to get the Park cleaned up. Over 7,000 cubic yards of debris, weighing 1,900 tons, were removed.
On November 3, more than 1,300 runners and over 600 walkers gathered for the 2012 Walk/Run for Prospect Park which raised more than $60,000 – a record! – to help Prospect Park recover from the storm. The following week close to 650 Prospect Park lovers came together at our Prospect Park Anniversary Ball to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Prospect Park Alliance and the 100th Birthday of the Carousel. We are happy that so many joined us to celebrate and to contribute funds for storm damage repair.
How you can help
The volunteer season will resume in April 2013. Stay tuned for opportunities to pitch in.
Join, renew or upgrade your membership with the Prospect Park Alliance
Membership in the Prospect Park Alliance not only provides critical support, but also demonstrates your appreciation and commitment to the Park you love. Help restore Prospect Park in times such as now, and keep it beautiful and safe when the crisis is past.
Make a donation
You can make a one-time gift to help us in our recovery efforts. Any amount, small or large, will go a long way and is always greatly appreciated.
Plant a tree
Replace a damaged tree or contribute to the restoration of Brooklyn’s only forest, and honor a loved one or special occasion.