PPA Profiles: Eric Johnsen

November 18, 2014

If you’re a regular at the Prospect Park Tennis Center then you’ve met Eric Johnsen, who works our front desk. Eric joined the staff of the Prospect Park Alliance over a decade ago, and has volunteered in the Park for more than 20 years. He’s devoted more than 4,200 hours of community service.

A Brooklyn native, Eric was born in Clinton Hill and grew up in Bay Ridge. He’s had a passion for Prospect Park since childhood. He explained, “My uncle took my brother and myself on the trolley to the zoo. That was back when they still had elephants.” He’s been in love with the place ever since.

Eric enjoys meeting new people at the Tennis Center, as well as helping visitors find their way when they’re lost. He still works with the Volunteer Corps, performing needed maintenance and landscaping duties. The bulk of his volunteer time is spent at the Special Events office where he works with sports teams to book the ballfields. On occasion, he’ll assist the fishing clinics at the Audubon Center, too.

In addition to being one of Prospect Park’s most committed advocates, Eric is also a talented baker. Say hello to him next time you’re at the Tennis Center.