New BBQ Grills Kick Off Summer Fun
May 24, 2019
Council Member Mathieu Eugene, Prospect Park Alliance President Sue Donoghue and community members kick off grilling season.
This morning, Prospect Park Alliance and Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene celebrated the start of summer and barbecue season by unveiling new communal barbecue grills on the east side of Prospect Park, funded through District 40 participatory budgeting. These are the first of a new model of triple, ADA-compliant grills to be installed in Prospect Park, and two triple grills are located at the lawn area across from the Lincoln Road entrance to the park, and another two are located at the lawn area next to the Parkside and Ocean Avenue entrance to the park.
"Barbecuing is a long-held summer tradition in Prospect Park. From the high number of votes in the participatory budgeting process, we know these grills are a welcome, new addition to the park for the east side communities," said Sue Donoghue, President of Prospect Park Alliance. "We are grateful to Council Member Mathieu Eugene and District 40 participatory budgeting for funding this effort. These new communal grills will make it even more inviting to enjoy summer in Prospect Park."
"I want to commend Prospect Park Alliance for renovating this section of Prospect Park so that our constituents can enjoy this BBQ area during the summer months," said Council Member Mathieu Eugene. "I am pleased to fund this project, because I want residents to feel at home here, and to know that they are a major part of my ongoing commitment to the community. By adding these stations, we are providing hardworking New Yorkers with a variety of options for nutrition while they are relaxing with their families, as well as contributing to the immense value that is part of the Prospect Park experience. It is my hope that by working together, we will continue to improve Brooklyn’s backyard for future generations."
The $80,000 project included the purchase of two triple-barbecue grills at each site of a model similar to the popular and well-received grills installed at Brooklyn Bridge Park. In addition the lawn areas were restored and regraded to accommodate the grills, and new hot coal bins and trash receptacles were installed. The two new areas are intended for small barbecue gatherings, and for communal grills among park patrons.
For larger gatherings, visit the Prospect Park website to learn about barbecue areas that can accommodated gatherings of 20 people or more. Please also visit the Alliance website for more information on barbecue rules and safety in Prospect Park at prospectpark.org/bbq.
The installation of the new communal barbecue grills were completed this fall. Learn more about other Prospect Park Alliance restoration projects taking place throughout the park at prospectpark.org/capital.
c. Paul Martinka