Capital Projects Tracker
Prospect Park Alliance, the non-profit organization that cares for 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. During the design phase, Prospect Park Alliance architects and landscape architects draw up the plans for the project, and guide them through the approval process; during the procurement phase, the project goes through a public process to assemble the construction team; during the construction phase, the physical construction of the project takes place. Each phase takes approximately one year, although the construction timeline is based on the scope of the project.
Current Capital Projects
Restoration of Lefferts Historic House
This $2.5 million project funded by 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.
Northeast Perimeter Path Work
This $2 million project funded by the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio will enable the Alliance to restore pathways in the underused Northeast section of Prospect Park to make it more accessible to the communities who use the Park. This funding will include reconstructing approximately 1,200 linear feet of paths, as well as new benches and lighting where currently none exists.
Ocean Avenue Perimeter Restoration
Supported by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Council Member Mathieu Eugene, this $1.75 million project will enable the Alliance to restore the Ocean Avenue perimeter of Prospect Park. The restoration will include reconstructing the sidewalk and expanding the allee of trees on either side of the widened pathway. It will also include the replacement of park benches, and installation of historic pedestrian and street lighting.
Long Meadow Ball Field Restoration: Fields 4 + 5
Council Member Brad Lander is funding this $1.25 million project that will enable the Alliance to restore two of Prospect Park’s seven ball fields, which were last restored in 1986. This restoration is a continuation of an ongoing Alliance project that is restoring the entire 34-acre site, to date Fields 1, 6 and 7. The project includes new drainage to better handle storm water runoff, restoring the playing fields, new pathways, lighting and benches, dedicated clay storage bins and shaded dugouts.
This $500,000 project funded by Council Member 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.
Kensington Dog Run
This $405,000 project is funded by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Council Members Brad Lander and Mathieu Eugene. The project will enable the Alliance to construct a dog run along the southwest corner of the Parade Ground. Dog owners will have access to fenced-in space where their dogs can exercise and socialize.
Year-round, Freeze-Resistant Drinking Fountains
Council Member Brad Lander is funding this $175,000 project that will enable the Alliance to install five fountains along the Prospect Park Drive that are freeze-resistant and available year round.
Resilient Running Lane Pilot Project
Council Member Steve Levin is funding this $100,000 pilot project that will enable the Alliance to replace a short stretch of the Prospect Park Drive with more porous pavement, which will reduce the impact of stormwater runoff in the Park, and is easier on runners and walkers' joints.
Community Barbecue Sites
This $80,000 project, funded by Council Member Mathieu Eugene, will enable the Alliance to provide new, upgraded barbecue grills on the Park’s east side.
Flatbush Avenue Entrances
This $3.2 million project, funded by NYC Parks through its Parks without Borders program, will enable the Alliance to create two new entrances along the Park’s Flatbush Avenue perimeter. 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.
This project will enable the Alliance to reconstruct the interior vault of the arch and the landscaping. This $500,000 project will take place in five phases, and is funded by the Tiger Baron Foundation. Last year, the Alliance completed the landscaping on the south side of the arch. In the next two phases, the Alliance will restore the landscape on the north side of the arch and the interior of the vaulted tunnel.
Concert Grove Pavilion
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the Brooklyn Delegation of the New York City Council is funding 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, lighting and landscaping will also be restored.
Prospect Park Bandshell
This $4 million restoration of the Prospect Park Bandshell is funded by the New York City Council and the offices of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Mayor Bill de Blasio. The Bandshell is a historic concert venue and now acts as the home of the Celebrate Brooklyn summer concert series. The Alliance will undertake improvements to the building and surrounding area that will help to better accommodate the crowds that come here. 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 sightlines.
“Lake Mess Monster” Aquatic Weed Harvester
Flatbush Avenue Perimeter
This $2.4 million restoration project is funded by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Council Member 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.
Council Member Brad Lander is funding this $215,000 project that will enable the Alliance to repair and resurface three pathways in Prospect Park that often flood: one near Endale Arch, another on the east side of Lake and a third near the Litchfield Villa.
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the Brooklyn Delegation of the New York City Council is funding this $2.62 million new building in the Prospect Park Garage Compound. This new facility will provide offices and storage for Prospect Park Alliance and NYC Parks staff, who currently are challenged by a lack of space. The project will enable the Alliance to remove the storage containers that currently occupy the Park's Center Drive, and also bring back the Tennis House on the Park's Long Meadow to public use.
Parade Ground Adult Fitness Area
Funded by Council Member Mathieu Eugene, this $750,000 project enables the Alliance to construct a new Adult Fitness area, install a cooling misting line along the heavily used soccer fields, fix drainage problems at Field 7 and reconstruct the Volleyball Court. The Alliance will also add shade trees and additional seating to the central court area.
Council Member Brad Lander is funding this $200,000 reconstruction of the path from the Dongan Oak Marker to the Zucker Natural Exploration Area.
Long Meadow Ballfields 6 + 7 and Dog Beach Restoration
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the Brooklyn Delegation of the New York City Council and Council Member Brad Lander funded this $2.4 million restoration of two of the Park’s seven ball fields. The project restores the ballfields with improved infields, new backstops, dugouts, equipment and furnishings, added trees and a new landscape for viewing and picnicking. In addition, this project included the restoration of Dog Beach, beloved spot for Dog Swimming near the Long Meadow. This restoration is part of a larger Alliance project that is restoring the entire 34-acre site, including all seven baseball fields, the entire drainage system, and the nearby paths and woodlands. Ball Field 1 is currently completed, and Fields 4 and 5 are in the design phase.
The City Council funded this $2.34 million restoration project of tge Prospect Park Wellhouse, one of the oldest buildings in the Park, which is being renovated for public use as the first composting toilet facility in a New York City park.