Capital Projects Tracker - Prospect Park Alliance
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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. Design Phase: Prospect Park Alliance architects and landscape architects draw up the plans for the project, and guide them through the approval process.
  2. Procurement Phase: the project goes through a public process to assemble the construction team.
  3. Construction Phase: the physical construction of the project takes place.

Funded:
Bandshell Restoration

With support from the New York City Council, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, $4 million has been secured of the approximately $7 million in funding needed for Prospect Park Alliance to restore the Prospect Park Bandshell. This historic concert venue is home of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival summer concert series. The Alliance will undertake improvements to the building and surrounding area that will help to better accommodate concert-goers. While the building’s historic exterior will remain largely unchanged, mechanical and electrical systems will be modernized to accommodate lighting and audio-visual technology. The landscape will also be re-graded to improve sight lines.

Horseback Riding Ring
Prospect Park Alliance is creating a covered horseback riding ring north of the Prospect Park Zoo for public and therapeutic riding. This $4.1 million project is funded through the support of former New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and New York Council Member Brad Lander. 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. This covered riding ring will enable riding to take place year round and in inclement weather, and broaden the programming.

Maintenance Compound
With support from former New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the Brooklyn Delegation of the New York City Council, $2.62 million has been secured of the approximately $8.2 million in funding needed for Prospect Park Alliance to build a new Prospect Park 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.

Parade Ground Field 9 Restoration
New York City Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene has provided  $734,000 in funding for Prospect Park Alliance to replace the turf on Field 9 at the Parade Ground, a beloved destination for sports in the park, which sees heavy use.

Design Phase:

Parade Ground Fit
New York City Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene has provided $500,000 in funding through the District 40 participatory budgeting initiative for Prospect Park Alliance to transform the southwest corner of the Prospect Park Parade Ground into a community space that supports health and wellness in the neighborhood.
Estimated completion: Fall 2021

Grand Army Plaza Berms and Bailey Fountain Plaza Restoration
Funded by 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 completion: Summer 2021

Grand Army Plaza Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch Restoration
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also 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, repair the interior 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 completion: Fall 2021

Harmony Playground Improvements and Adult Fitness Area
New York City Council Member Brad Lander has provided $850,000 in funding through the District 39 participatory budgeting initiative for the Alliance to restore and enhance the Harmony Playground in Prospect Park and to create an adult fitness area adjacent to the playground. The design will provide playground-style exercise equipment for senior citizens and the less able-bodied; install a shade structure over the existing sandbox; and repair and replace play elements and structures.
Estimated Completion: Summer 2021

Ocean Avenue and Parkside Avenue Entrance + Perimeter Restoration
Prospect Park Alliance is undertaking a $9.4 million restoration of the Parkside and Ocean Avenue perimeters and entrance to the park, which is made possible through $6.4 million in funding by the New York City Department of Transportation; $2 million in funding from Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams; and $750,000 in funding from New York City Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene. This large-scale restoration will include new sidewalks and paving; new historic lighting and street furniture; new trees and landscaping; 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 is also being funded by the Borough President, as well as Council Member Laurie Cumbo.
Estimated completion: Fall 2021

Prospect Park Tennis House Restoration 
Through $5.6 million in funding from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, 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. 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, which was designed by the same architect as the Prospect Park Boathouse, and originally served as a facility for lawn tennis players at the turn of the 19th century.
Estimated completion: Spring 2022

Procurement Phase:

Carousel Restoration
This $500,000 project funded by Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo will enable the Alliance to restore the Prospect Park Carousel, one of the park’s most popular attractions, which was last restored 25 years ago as the Alliance’s first restoration project. This project will include structural work, waterproofing and mechanical upgrades.
Estimated completion: Spring 2020

Concert Grove Pavilion Restoration
Through funding from former New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the Brooklyn Delegation of the New York City Council, Prospect Park Alliance is undertaking the $2 million restoration of the Concert Grove Pavilion. This pavilion was closed to the public in 2014 due to structural damage. The Alliance will restore this historic structure and return a community resource to public use. Surrounding pathways and lighting will also be restored.
Estimated completion: Fall 2020

Lefferts Historic House Restoration
This $2.5 million project funded by former New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the Brooklyn Delegation of the New York City Council will enable the Alliance to restore Lefferts Historic House and surrounding areas. Lefferts Historic House, built in the 18th century, is operated by the Alliance in partnership with the Historic House Trust. At Lefferts, the Alliance provides free cultural and educational programs for all ages,which serve thousands of residents from Brooklyn and throughout New York City each year. Restoration will include replacing the roof, restoring the exterior of the building, and repairing paths and drainage surrounding the house.
Estimated completion: Spring 2021

Long Meadow Ball Fields 2 and 3 Restoration 
New York Council Member Brad Lander contributed $750,000 and Mayor Bill de Blasio contributed $800,000 to complete the Alliance's ongoing restoration of the Long Meadow Ball Fields. Through the support of Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, New York City Council Members Brad Lander and Stephen Levin, and the New York City Council Brooklyn Delegation, to date the Alliance has restored Fields 1, 6 and 7, and Fields 4 and 5 are soon to be heading into construction. The project includes restoring the fields and providing  additional drainage to keep the fields in good playing condition; repairing the broken drainage line to the west of these ball fields; adding new pathways and benches, dedicated clay storage bins and shaded dugouts.
Estimated completion: Spring 2021

Long Meadow Ball Fields 4 and 5 Restoration
New York City Council Member Brad Lander provided $1.25 million in funding toward the ongoing restoration of the Long Meadow Ball Fields, a 34-acre site. To date Fields 1, 6 and 7 have been restored; and Fields 2 and 3 are in procurement. The project includes restoring the fields and providing  additional drainage to keep the fields in good playing condition; adding new pathways and benches, dedicated clay storage bins and shaded dugouts. 
Estimated completion: Summer 2020

Northeast Perimeter Path Work
Through $2 million project funded by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Prospect Park Alliance is restoring pedestrian paths in the northeast corner of Prospect Park to make this area more accessible to the communities who use the park. This project will include the reconstruction of approximately 1,200 linear feet of paths, replacement of park benches and the addition of path lighting where currently none exists.
Estimated completion: Spring 2021

In the Construction Phase:

Endale Arch Restoration
Prospect Park Alliance is restoring Endale Arch, one of the first architectural elements constructed in Prospect Park in the late 1860s. Along with Meadowport Arch, park creators Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux envisioned Endale as a majestic entrance to the Long Meadow from Grand Army Plaza. In the first phase, the Alliance restored the stone retaining walls; reset boulders to stabilize the surrounding hillsides; added native trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants; and improved drainage to reduce flooding. In this final phase, the Alliance is cleaning the masonry throughout the vault and restoring the arch's interior wood paneling. This $500,000 project is funded by a generous grant from the Tiger Baron Foundation.
Estimated completion: Fall 2019

Flatbush Avenue Entrances
This $3.2 million project, funded by Mayor Bill de Blasio through the Parks without Borders program, will enable the Alliance to create two new entrances along the park’s newly restored Flatbush Avenue perimeter: the first new entrances to the park since the 1940s. A major entrance will be created in the northeast section of the park near the Rose Garden and a minor secondary entrance will be created just north of the Prospect Park Zoo. The entrances will feature new lighting, seating and trees, as well as new landscaping. The major entrance will feature two levels of terraced seating that provides views of the surrounding woodlands. Stepping stones will lead to an informal running trail atop a berm; and the landscape will also feature a rock scramble of boulders sourced from the building site of nearby NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. 
Estimated completion: Summer 2020

Flatbush Avenue Perimeter Restoration
This $2.4 million restoration project is funded by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and New York City Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo. The project will enable the Alliance to reconstruct the park’s perimeter along Flatbush Avenue, a major vehicular, subway and pedestrian corridor that connects users to Prospect Park and well as other cultural institutions in Brooklyn. The project will reconstruct the sidewalk, fencing and install new street furniture, lighting and landscaping.
Estimated completion: Fall 2019

Kensington Dog Run
Prospect Park Alliance is creating a dog run in the Prospect Park Parade Ground, along Coney Island Avenue. The $452,000 project was funded by Borough President Adams and New York City Council Members Dr. Mathieu Eugene and Brad Lander, and advocated by local groups Brooklyn FIDO and the Kensington Dog Run Association. The project includes 7,000 square feet of fenced-in space, separated areas for large dogs and small dogs, and features an innovative canine-friendly turf, a first for a New York City park. The dog run also will feature benches made of reclaimed wood from downed park trees. Additional enhancements include waste-receptacles, water fountains and new plantings of trees and dog waste-resistant shrubs.
Estimated completion: Summer 2020