Bianca Nelson

Park It

July 20, 2015

Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux designed Prospect Park in the late nineteenth century as a quiet respite from the bustling city, 585 acres of rolling meadows, and picturesque waterways and scenic woodlands modeled after the rustic charm of the Adirondacks.

In celebration of the Park’s bucolic roots, the Prospect Park Alliance and Paul Smith’s College are presenting Park It, an installation of handcrafted Adirondack chairs located through the Park in areas that highlight spectacular views and points of interest.

“This is really a chance for the public to enjoy the Park as designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux envisioned,” said Sue Donoghue, president of the Prospect Park Alliance. “Prospect Park was intended as a series of carefully designed landscapes that work in harmony to recreate the serenity of the countryside in the heart of Brooklyn. We can’t wait to see how Park visitors embrace this.” 

Artisans from Paul Smith’s College crafted the chairs. With a spectacular lakeside campus located in the heart of the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, the College offers degrees that range from forestry, environmental studies and natural resources management to culinary arts, entrepreneurship, hospitality management and more. “Our college equips students with a truly meaningful education that takes advantage of our unique natural surroundings,” said Shannon Oborne, Chief Marketing Officer of Paul Smith’s College. “What better way to share our ‘Smitty Spirit’ with New York City audiences than by bringing the Adirondack heritage to Prospect Park.”

Learn more about this project, including a map of chair locations. Share your photos with #ProspectParkIt to enter to win your own Adirondack Chair.