Paul Martinka

Parade Ground Improvements: Adult Recreation + More

April 13, 2018

Through the support of New York City Council Member Mathieu Eugene, Prospect Park Alliance, the non-profit organization that sustains the Park, is undertaking a $750,000 renovation of the Prospect Park Parade Ground to construct an adult fitness area and a cooling misting line along the heavily used soccer fields; fix drainage problems at Field 7; reconstruct the volleyball court; and add shade trees and new seating. The project is slated for completion by Spring 2019.

The adult fitness area will contain 12 types of fitness equipment, including ones that are accessible. There will be an open area for group classes, and custom concrete “step-up” blocks. The misting line will be installed along Fields 9 and 10. Set on timers, it will provide a cooling screen of mist when the artificial turf fields are at their busiest and hottest. No water will collect on the ground—the mist evaporates to cool the air.

“It is truly an honor to partner with Prospect Park Alliance as we work together to improve and maintain ‘Brooklyn’s Backyard’ for future generations,” said Council Member Mathieu Eugene. “Starting with the Parade Grounds, we are making a number of upgrades to the surrounding area that will benefit residents who frequently use the park. Providing free resources that make physical fitness accessible to the public is essential to the overall wellbeing of our community, and the addition of an adult fitness area is an important step in that process. This project is part of my ongoing commitment to the preservation and revitalization of Prospect Park, and I am excited about the positive impact it will have in the community for years to come.”  

“We are deeply grateful to Council Member Eugene for his longstanding support of Prospect Park Alliance and our work to keep the Park green and vibrant for the diverse communities that consider the Park its backyard,” said Sue Donoghue, President, Prospect Park Alliance. “These improvements to the Parade Ground will make a strong impact on the Park and neighborhood residents’ quality of life.

Learn more about the full range of capital projects Prospect Park Alliance is undertaking in the Park.