The Daily Plant : Thursday, October 18, 2007
Paying Tribute To Lafayette
Last Thursday, Commissioner Benepe joined French Consul General to New York Francois Delattre, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, State Senator Eric Adams, State Assembly Member James Brennan, Prospect Park Alliance President Tupper Thomas and children from the International School of Brooklyn to celebrate the completion of restorations to the Lafayette Memorial in Prospect Park, on the 250th anniversary of the birth of the Marquis de Lafayette.
Restoration work on the Lafayette Memorial was undertaken by the staff of the Parks Department’s Citywide Monuments Conservation Program with the assistance of the Prospect Park Alliance. It involved cleaning the entire monument including its granite, applying protective coating on the bronze, repatining the sword, and redoing the mortar joints. The flower beds near the monument were also spruced up.
This memorial was initially conserved in 1988 through Adopt-a-Monument, a joint venture of the Municipal Art Society, the Art Commission and Park. The Municipal Art Society has continued to fund annual care for the monument. Its most recent restoration is possible thanks to the generous support of French-American donors. They raised over $21,000 to preserve the Lafayette Monument, which honors the great friendship between America and France.
The Marquis de Lafayette was a French-born general who fought on behalf of American rebels during the American Revolution. Sympathetic to the American cause, he aided the colonists through the provision of experienced military leadership. The Frenchman quickly became a favorite of General George Washington, who appointed him Major General in the Continental Army during 1777.
The Lafayette Memorial, located at the 9th Street entrance to Prospect Park, was dedicated on May 10, 1917. It was designed by Henry Bacon and sculpted by Daniel Chester French. The front of the memorial reads, “This monument was erected and presented by Henry Harteau, a distinguished citizen of Brooklyn, to be an enduring tribute to the memory of one who as a friend and companion of the immortal Washington fought to establish in our country those vital principles of liberty and human brotherhood which he afterward labored to establish in his own.”
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There are currently 2 service interruptions affecting access within this park.
The Long Meadow Ballfields will be closed at Prospect Park for construction. The reconstruction of the Long Meadow Ballfields is a multi-phase project encompassing 34 acres of fields, paths and woodlands. The project incorporates contemporary storm water management techniques that support our goal of capturing and retaining storm water runoff. These improvements will also help to filter runoff before it enters our watercourse. Designed to revitalize the park’s sporting community, the first phase will restore Field One, pedestrian and bridle paths, drinking fountains, benches, and include new tree plantings.
Anticipated Completion: Fall 2014
The Prospect Park Well House is under reconstruction in order to build a new composting latrine. The park remains open while the building gets reconstructed.
Anticipated Completion: Winter 2015
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