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Parks Without Borders: Flatbush Improvements

January 20, 2016

Mayor de Blasio and the Parks Department’s Parks Without Borders initiative will fund $50 million in improvements to city parks to make them more open, accessible and inviting to their surrounding communities. $10 million has already been allocated, but the remaining $40 million of funding is still available, and will be awarded to projects based on community input.

The Prospect Park Alliance has proposed to create a major new major entrance along Flatbush Avenue, and a second, smaller entrance just north of the Prospect Park Zoo. In addition, the existing Park entrance on Flatbush near Empire Boulevard would be reconstructed, ensuring a better Park experience for those visiting the Children’s Corner, which includes Lefferts Historic House, the Prospect Park Zoo and the Carousel.

These entrances would be important enhancements to currently planned improvements to Flatbush Avenue, which will broaden the sidewalk and add new street trees, benches and lighting,  

To make these added improvements a reality, we need your help! To voice your support, follow these steps:

  • Visit the Parks Without Borders website and click “Get Started” on the map.
  • Zoom in on the map to Prospect Park and click anywhere on the Flatbush Avenue border (the Park’s northeast border).
  • Select improvements including, “add new entrance,” “improve accessibility” and “repair paving.”
  • Describe what you would like to see in this area.
    • Sample text: "I support the Prospect Park Alliance’s proposal to create two new entrances, and reconstruct a third entrance on the Flatbush Avenue perimeter of Prospect Park. Prospect Park serves 10 million visitors each year and that number is likely to increase as Brooklyn and the neighborhoods surrounding the Park continue to grow. This important project will not only help beautify an area of the Park that is in desperate need of attention, but more importantly will open up a vital perimeter of the Park that has historically been difficult to access for residents and neighbors in communities bordering the Park.”
  • Click submit.

Thank you for taking an active stance in improving the health of Prospect Park and those it welcomes every day! Voting closes at the end of February, so make your voice heard now.