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Parade Ground

Parkside Ave., Caton Ave., bet. Parade Pl. and Coney Island Ave.

Brooklyn

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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

The Parade Grounds of Prospect Park have served as an integral part of the Brooklyn community since the mid-19th century. In 1868 the southern Parade Grounds were set aside from the City’s original purchase as a public area for Civil War veterans of New York’s First Division of the Union Army and New York Coast Guard to conduct military exercises away from Prospect Park’s tranquil interior.

Called “one of the most popular resorts in the country” in a Parks Annual Report of that era, Prospect Park was built in an era of rapid expansion, as Brooklyn residents demanded more space for recreation and repose. In 1859, the New York State Legislature, at the request of the City of Brooklyn, authorized the City to select sites for future public parks. Included among the sites selected for park development was an area of lush farmland labeled Mount Prospect Park (later renamed Prospect Park).

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Prospect Park Tennis Center: Round Robin

The Prospect Park Tennis Center presents an evening of Round Robin, friendly matches between players of equal...

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    Windy
    64°F
  • Fri
    Partly Sunny
    59°F
  • Sat
    Chance Showers
    68°F
  • Sun
    Mostly Sunny
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