Prospect Park Construction Updates
June 23, 2020
With New York City now in the first phases of re-opening, Prospect Park Alliance is back up and running on a number of park improvement projects, from the Flatbush Avenue perimeter to the Long Meadow Ball Fields. Construction completion dates are currently being finalized. Learn more about park improvements on our Capital Projects Tracker.
Concert Grove Pavilion
Through funding from former New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the Brooklyn Delegation of the New York City Council, Prospect Park Alliance is undertaking the $2 million restoration of the Concert Grove Pavilion. This pavilion was closed to the public in 2014 due to structural damage. The Alliance is restoring this historic structure and add new lighting to return this cherished community space to public use.
Flatbush Avenue Entrances
This $3.2 million project, funded by Mayor Bill de Blasio through the Parks without Borders program, enables the Alliance to create two new entrances along the park’s Flatbush Avenue perimeter: the first new entrances to the park since the 1940s. A major entrance is being created in the northeast section of the park near the Rose Garden and a minor secondary entrance is being created just north of the Prospect Park Zoo. The entrances feature new lighting, seating and trees, as well as new plantings. The major entrance will feature two levels of terraced seating that provides views of the surrounding woodlands. Stepping stones will lead to an informal running trail atop a berm; and the landscape will also feature a rock scramble of boulders sourced from the building site of nearby NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital.
Kensington Dog Run
Prospect Park Alliance has created a dog run in the Prospect Park Parade Ground along Coney Island Avenue, which is very close to completion. The $452,000 project was funded by Borough President Adams and New York City Council Members Dr. Mathieu Eugene and Brad Lander, and advocated by local groups Brooklyn FIDO and the Kensington Dog Run Association. The project includes 7,000 square feet of fenced-in space, separated areas for large dogs and small dogs, and features an innovative canine-friendly turf, a first for a New York City park. The dog run also will feature benches made of reclaimed wood from downed park trees. Additional enhancements include waste-receptacles, water fountains and new plantings of trees and dog waste-resistant shrubs.
Long Meadow Ball Fields 4 and 5 Restoration
New York City Council Member Brad Lander provided $1.25 million in funding toward the ongoing restoration of the Long Meadow Ball Fields, a 34-acre site. To date Fields 1, 6 and 7 have been restored. The project includes restoring the fields and providing additional drainage to keep the fields in good playing condition; adding new pathways and benches, dedicated clay storage bins and shaded dugouts.