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. 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.​

UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, construction of Prospect Park projects were suspended for several months, and as a result, completion dates may change as construction resumes. We will update the Capital Projects Tracker with accurate completion dates once timelines are confirmed.

Funded or Partially 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.

Parade Ground Field 9 Restoration

New York City Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene has provided  $734,000 of the $1.5 million in funding needed 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.

Shirley Chisholm Welcome Center

New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and the Brooklyn Delegation of the New York City Council has provided $2.25 million of the $5.5 million in funding needed for Prospect Park Alliance to convert a disused comfort station at the Ocean and Parkside Avenue entrance to prospect Park into the Shirley Chisholm Welcome Center. This project includes a new HVAC system, electrical wiring, new roof, windows and doors, and plumbing fixtures that meet ADA standards; and cleaning and painting the exterior. This project will further include a permanent exhibition of the life of Shirley Chisholm, to complement a new monument that will be erected at this entrance honoring the significance of her role in the history of Brooklyn.

Design Phase

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 Design Completion: Summer 2020
Estimated Construction Completion: 2022

Grand Army Plaza Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch Restoration

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, 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 Design Completion: 2020
Estimated Construction Completion: 2022

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 Prospect Park 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 exercise equipment designed for senior citizens and the less able-bodied; and install a shade structure over the existing sandbox.

Estimated Design Completion: 2020
Estimated Construction Completion: 2022

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 the New York City Council, 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.

Estimated Design Completion: 2021
Estimated Construction Completion: 2023

Ocean Avenue and Parkside Avenue Entrance + Perimeter Restorations

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 Design Completion: 2020
Estimated Construction Completion: 2022

Parade Ground Fit

Through the District 40 participatory budgeting initiative, New York City Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene has provided $500,000 in funding 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. The project will provide new benches and game tables, new plantings, as well as new ping-pong tables and a refurbished petanque area.

Estimated Design Completion: 2020
Estimated Construction Completion: 2022

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 Design Completion: 2020
Estimated Construction Completion: 2023


Procurement Phase

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 in construction now. 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 Construction Completion: Fall 2021
Estimated Public Opening: Spring 2022

Maintenance Compound

Through $5.57 million in 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  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 Date: 2023 

Construction 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: 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 add new lighting to return this cherished community space to public use. 

Estimated completion: Spring 2021

Ecoweir

Prospect Park Alliance is constructing natural filtration system, known as an ecoWEIR, to explore new technologies to reduce toxic blue-green algae blooms and improve the water quality of the park's waterways. This innovative pilot program, the first in an urban park, is funded by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation through a $390,000 grant.

Estimated completion: Fall 2020

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 2020

Flatbush Avenue Entrances

This $3.2 million project, funded by Mayor Bill de Blasio through the Parks without Borders program, enables the Alliance to create two new entrances along the park’s Flatbush Avenue perimeter: the first new entrances to the park since the 1940s. A major entrance is being created in the northeast section of the park near the Vale and a minor secondary entrance is being created just north of the Prospect Park Zoo. The entrances feature new lighting, seating and trees, as well as new planting. 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: Fall 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 is enabling Prospect Park 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. Through this project, new sidewalk, fencing, street furniture, lighting and an allee of trees planted will all restore the Flatbush park perimeter to its historic design.​

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. Construction is estimated to begin in the spring of 2020.

Estimated completion: 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 Construction Completion: Fall 2020
Estimated Field Opening: Spring 2021

Northeast Perimeter Path Work

Through $2 million in funding 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, new park benches and new lighting.

Estimated completion: Spring 2021