Endale Arch Restoration
November 20, 2014
The Prospect Park Alliance has begun the restoration of Endale Arch, one of the first architectural elements constructed in Prospect Park in the late 1860s. Park creators Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux planned Endale Arch and its counterpart, Meadowport Arch, to function as crucial transitions between the busy city and the tranquility of the Long Meadow. Their design, as ever combining elegance with practicality, ensured that vehicles were kept out of the way of pedestrians.
This five-year restoration will be completed over several phases. In the first phase, which will conclude in Spring 2015, the Alliance will restore the stone retaining walls and plantings on the south side of the Arch. Subsequent phases will replace the Arch’s interior wood paneling and benches; reset boulders to stabilize the surrounding hillsides; add native trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants; and improve drainage to reduce flooding.
The project is funded by a generous grant from the Tiger Baron Foundation and Councilmember Brad Lander's participatory budget process, and represents the Alliance’s continued efforts to restore and care for Brooklyn’s greatest natural treasure. Learn more about current park improvements.