Capital Projects Tracker

Prospect Park Alliance, the non-profit organization that sustains the park in partnership with the City, undertakes a variety of restoration and improvement projects throughout Prospect Park. This is made possible through the support of partners in government, as well as private foundations and individual donors.

Capital projects follow the New York City Parks design and construction guidelines. Each phase takes approximately one year, although the construction timeline is based on the scope of the project:

  1. Funded or Partially Funded: Funding has been secured or partially secured, but the project has not yet entered the design phase.
  2. Design Phase: Prospect Park Alliance architects and landscape architects draw up the plans for the project, and guide them through the approval process.
  3. Procurement Phase: the project goes through a public process to assemble the construction team.
  4. Construction Phase: the physical construction of the project takes place.​

Funded or Partially Funded

Bandshell Lawn Rehabilitation

Through $250,000 in funding through District 39 Participatory Budgeting, Prospect Park Alliance will rehabilitate the lawn areas surrounding the Lena Horne Bandshell in Prospect Park.

Pathway Lighting (Center Drive to Long Meadow Ballfields)

Through District 40 Participatory Budgeting, Council Member Rita Joseph allocated $130,000 to add new lighting along a woodland pathway that connects Center Drive at the Nethermead to the Long Meadow Ballfields.

Willink Comfort Station Restoration

Council Member Crystal Hudson allocated $500,000 toward the $4 million restoration of the Willink Comfort Station, which serves the park’s Children’s Corner (home to the Carousel, Zoo and Lefferts Historic House). This heavily used facility is a historic landmark, designed by the Boathouse’s famed architects Helmle & Huberty, and has not been touched by restoration since 1991, and is in need of a full upgrade, including a new roof, lighting, plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems, and new gender-neutral restroom facilities.

Design Phase

Boathouse Improvements

Through funding from New York State District Assembly 44 including $250,000 from the New York State Development Program and $500,000 from the State and Municipal Facilities Program, Prospect Park Alliance will repair terra cotta at the exterior, and provide air conditioning to the interior, update electrical wiring, and repair historic floors at the first floor at the Prospect Park Boathouse.

Estimated Design Completion: 2024

Estimated Construction Completion: 2026

Children’s Corner Improvements

Through $425,000 in funding through the District 39 Participatory Budgeting process, Prospect Park Alliance will improve the park’s ​​Children’s Corner: enhancing accessibility and use of this important destination for families that is home to the Prospect Park Zoo, Lefferts Historic House and the Prospect Park Carousel. Work will include renovating pathways that intersect this area and continue to other destinations in the park.

Estimated Design Completion: 2023

Estimated Construction Completion: 2025

Esdale Bridge

Through $500,000 in funding allocated through District 39 Participatory Budgeting, Prospect Park Alliance will restore this historic rustic bridge, which connects the Long Meadow to the Ravine (at the pathway that traverses the Long Meadow from the Picnic House).

Estimated Design Completion: 2024

Estimated Construction Completion: 2025

Garfield Entrance + Long Meadow Paths

Through $500,000 in funding from New York State Assembly Member Robert Carroll, Prospect Park Alliance is improving the Garfield Entrance pedestrian path and the rustic rail paths that lead to the Park Drive and Long Meadow from Prospect Park West to provide an accessible route for visitors, and address the erosion that has occurred due to heavy use of this popular entrance to the park.

Estimated Design Completion: 2023

Estimated Construction Completion: 2025

Horseback Riding Ring

Through $4.1 million in funding from  the New York City Council and Brooklyn Borough President, Prospect Park Alliance will create a covered horseback riding ring for public and therapeutic riding. Prospect Park is currently home to a therapeutic horseback riding program offered by Gallop NYC, a non-profit organization that serves children and adults with disabilities and special needs, at an uncovered ring at the Prospect Park Parade Ground Bowling Green. The covered riding ring will enable riding to take place year round and in inclement weather, and broaden the programming.

Estimated Design Completion: 2024

Estimated Construction Completion: 2026

Lakeshore Restoration: Master Plan and Phase 1

Through the advocacy of our community (more than 1,100 community members shared letters of support) and Council Members Hanif, Hudson and Joseph; the Mayor, Council Speaker Adams and the Brooklyn Delegation allocated $3 million for the $20 million restoration of Lakeshore, which will make environmental and accessibility improvements along the shoreline of the Prospect Park Lake. This initial funding will enable us to create a master plan and execute a portion of the restoration.

Estimated Phase 1 Design Completion: 2024

Estimated Phase 1 Construction Completion: 2026

Lincoln Road Playground Restoration

Through $3 million in funding from Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso, the Lincoln Road Playground will be restored to bring it up to current safety code. The 20,000 square foot playground will include new climbing structures, a hand activated water feature, new safety surfacing and furniture, and creatively repurposed hardwood from the existing structures. The restoration is slated to go into reconstruction in 2025.

Estimated Design Completion: 2024

Estimated Construction Completion: 2026

Parkside + Ocean Avenue Pergola

Through $750,000 in funding from Council Member Rita Joseph, Prospect Park Alliance is restoring the pergola at Parkside and Ocean Avenue. In the 1890s during the City Beautiful movement, McKim Mead & White designed a pergola for the Park Circle entrance at Parkside and Ocean Avenue. Currently, the timber trellis is in very poor condition due to insect and water damage. Graffiti that covered the walls has been painted over, obscuring the intended appearance of the pergola and causing a maintenance challenge. The intent of this project is to reconstruct the Pergola as closely as feasible to the 1890s condition by replacing the timber trellis, cleaning the granite surfaces, repointing the stone, grouting joints and recreating the wood lattice screen wall.

Estimated Design Completion: 2024

Estimated Construction Completion: 2026

Shirley Chisholm Monument

Thanks to $1 million in funding from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, a monument will be built at the Parkside and Ocean Avenue entrance to Prospect Park  to pay tribute to Brooklyn trailblazer and hero, Shirley Chisholm. The monument, designed by artists Amanda Williams and Olalekan B. Jeyifous, is composed of  painted steel, patinated bronze and carved stone. The design features a monumental portrait of Chisholm patterned with images of plants native to Brooklyn and Barbados, where Chisholm spent ages five through nine, including Pride of Barbados, American Chestnut and Wild Geranium, juxtaposed with the nation’s Capitol Building. The stonework surrounding the monument includes a Chisholm quote and an outline of the House of Representatives seating plan, with a bronze plaque representing Chisholm’s seat.

Estimated Design Completion:  2024

Estimated Construction Completion: 2026

Shirley Chisholm Welcome Center

Through $6.75 million in funding from the New York City Council, including Council Speaker Adrienne Adams and the Brooklyn Delegation, led by Council Members Crystal Hudson, Rita Joseph, Shahana Hanif, and former Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo, Prospect Park Alliance will  convert a disused comfort station at the Ocean and Parkside Avenue entrance to Prospect Park into the Shirley Chisholm Welcome Center, which will include infrastructural upgrades, new restroom facilities and visitor information to complement a new monument to Shirley Chisholm that will be erected at this entrance honoring the significance of her role in the history of Brooklyn.

Estimated Design Completion: 2025

Estimated Construction Completion: 2027

Third Street Playground Restoration

Through $3 million in funding from the City, Third Street Playground will be restored, which will include new play equipment and furniture, new safety surface and pavement, a hand activated water feature, and creatively reused hardwood from the current equipment. The restoration is slated to go into reconstruction in 2025.

Estimated Design Completion: 2024

Estimated Construction Completion: 2026

Vale Restoration

Through $40 million in funding from the Mayor, Prospect Park Alliance is restoring approximately 10 acres in the 27 acres of the park’s northeast corner. This includes the historic Children’s Pool in the Lower Vale, which will restore the historic details of this turn of the 20th-century water feature, while enhancing its role as a bird habitat. The project will also transform a former Rose Garden in the Upper Vale. Through an intensive, multi-year community outreach effort, a vision was created for this area of the park, which includes the creation of a pollinator garden and planted arbor; a nature exploration area for families; an open lawn area and a small pavilion with composting restrooms and a green roof. Learn more about this project on our website.

Estimated Design Completion: 2024

Estimated Construction Completion: 2026

Procurement Phase

Litchfield Villa Landscape: Main Entrance Ramp

Through $1.5 million in funding from the Brooklyn Delegation of the New York City Council, Prospect Park Alliance is improving accessibility to the Litchfield Villa. The project will create a new ADA-compliant entrance ramp, which includes restoring a portion of the original brownstone wall, installing a new cast stone ramp, reconstructing the existing entrance steps and landing, and bringing the interior vestibule of the Villa to ADA code compliance.

Estimated Construction Completion: 2026

Maintenance Compound

Through $5.57 million in funding from the Speaker and the Brooklyn Delegation of the New York City Council, Prospect Park Alliance is building a new Maintenance Compound. This new facility will provide offices and storage for Alliance and NYC Parks Landscape Management and Maintenance + Operations staff, who currently are housed in facilities around the park, including the soon-to-be restored Tennis House.

Estimated Construction Completion: 2026

Meadowport-Endale Path Reconstruction 

$500,000 has been allocated by New York State Assembly Member Robert Carroll for the reconstruction of the pedestrian path between Endale and Meadowport Arches. The improvements include new drainage, paving and benches.

Estimated Construction Completion: 2025

Ocean Avenue and Parkside Avenue Entrance + Perimeter Restorations

Prospect Park Alliance is undertaking a $15.75 million restoration of the Parkside and Ocean Avenue perimeters and entrance to the park, which is made possible through $10.5 million in funding by the New York City Department of Transportation; $3.5 million in funding from the  Brooklyn Borough President; $1 million in funding from the Mayor, and $750,000 in funding from New York City Council District 40. This large-scale restoration will include new sidewalks and paving; new historic lighting and street furniture; new trees; and the addition of a protected bike lane. A focal point of the entrance will be a new monument to Brooklyn political trailblazer U.S. Rep. Shirley Chisholm, who was both the first black Congresswoman and the first woman to seek the Democratic presidential nomination. This project continues the Alliance’s work to restore the perimeter of the east side of the park, including the Flatbush Avenue perimeter, which was funded by the Borough President and former Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo.

Estimated Construction Completion: 2026

Parade Ground Field 9 Restoration

Through $1.5 million in funding from Council Member Rita Joseph, the Alliance will replace the turf on Field 9 at the Parade Ground, pave pathways and install ADA accessible drinking fountains. This field is a beloved destination for a range of  sports and sees heavy use by the community.

Estimated Construction Completion: 2025

Prospect Park Tennis House Restoration

Through $3.6 million in funding from the Mayor, the Brooklyn Delegation of the New York City Council and New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Prospect Park Alliance is restoring the historic Prospect Park Tennis House, which was designed by the same architects as the Prospect Park Boathouse, and originally served as a facility for lawn tennis players at the turn of the 19th century. Located along the Long Meadow near the park’s 9th Street entrance, the Tennis House has been closed to the public for the last decade. This funding will allow the Alliance to restore this beautiful structure, create public restrooms and bring the building back to public use. Improvements will include restoration of the roof, a new hidden gutter and downspout, restoration of exterior tile, facade cleaning and brick repointing and renovation of restrooms.

Estimated Construction Completion: 2025

Water Line Replacement

Through $1.4 million in funding from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Prospect Park Alliance will be replacing nearly century-old valves and sections of water main pipes that feed the Prospect Park watercourse. The project will also include installing a control system to regulate the outflow of water that feeds the park’s watercourse, and installing a reduced pressure zone assembly (RPZ valve) to protect the New York City water supply.

Estimated Construction Completion: 2024

Construction Phase

Grand Army Plaza Berms and Bailey Fountain Plaza Restoration

Funded by former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, this $3 million project will enable Prospect Park Alliance to replace uneven and worn paving around Bailey Fountain, and restore the berms surrounding the plaza to their original grandeur with new plantings and decorative fencing.

Estimated Construction Completion: 2023

Grand Army Plaza Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch Restoration

Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has provided $6 million in funding for Prospect Park Alliance to restore the historic Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Arch in Grand Army Plaza. The project will replace the Arch’s roof, clean and repoint the brick and stone structure, restore the interior brass and iron staircases that lead to the roof, and replace the interior and exterior lighting. The Memorial Arch, which commemorates the Civil War, is Brooklyn’s most significant monumental public artwork. It was designed by John Duncan and completed in 1892 to commemorate the Union’s soldiers and sailors. The Arch is adorned with three bronze statuary ensembles by sculptor Frederick MacMonnies.

Estimated Construction Completion: 2024

Harmony Playground Improvements and Adult Fitness Area

Through $850,000 in funding through the District 39 participatory budgeting, Prospect Park Alliance is  enhancing the Harmony Playground in Prospect Park, and creating an adult fitness area adjacent to the playground. The design will provide exercise equipment designed for senior citizens and the less able-bodied; and install a shade structure over the existing sandbox.

Estimated Construction Completion: 2024

MTA Substation Improvements

MTA is renewing the 13th Street Substation situated under Prospect Park at Prospect Park West and 13th Street, along the F and G lines. The first phase of the project requires excavation of the landscape to repair and replace underground ducts with electrical cables that feed the station. This includes the removal of park benches and trees, which will be replaced in kind or through restitution, and the redirection of pathways both inside and along the park perimeter. This work is slated to be completed by Summer 2024. The second and final phase, scheduled to begin in 2024, includes the installation of new power equipment, new ventilation, and structural work for the substation, which is not expected to disrupt access within the park.

Estimated Construction Completion: 2025

State of Good Repair Improvements

The City has provided $3.4 million to improve pathways and drainage issues in Prospect Park, the Parade Ground, Grand Army Plaza and nearby Mount Prospect Park. This includes restoring the Plaza Street West Berm sidewalk by replacing the sidewalk and verges with colored reinforced concrete as well as replacing existing and installing additional benches. In addition, a deteriorated pathway leading from the Parkside and Ocean Avenue entrance to the Park Drive will be renovated and new drainage installed, as well as leaching basins to help with stormwater runoff and drainage  along the pathway from Parkside Avenue to Caton Avenue in the Parade Ground.

Estimated Construction Completion: 2024