The Daily Plant : Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Prospect Park Lit Up For The Holidays
For the second consecutive year, Mayor Bloomberg came to Prospect Park to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season.
Despite cold temperatures and bitter winds, approximately 100 New Yorkers came out on December 3 to witness the lighting of Grand Army Plaza. The distribution of free hot chocolate certainly came in handy!
The lighting installation at Grand Army Plaza features 300,000 LEDs - energy-efficient and long-lasting lights that are environmentally friendly. They were used to illuminate the Bailey Fountain and a tree underneath the Sailors and Soldiers’ Memorial Arch. Lighting of the Bailey Fountain includes a wave-shaped structure to create the effect of flowing water. Lighting of the tree features a patchwork quilt of colors. The lighting installation will be in place through January 14, 2008.
Mayor Bloomberg was joined in “flipping the switch” by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Council Members Letitia James, David Yassky, Darlene Mealy and Simcha Felder, Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, and Prospect Park Alliance President Tupper Thomas.
The Fort Hamilton High School Marching Band got the crowd rocking to “Eye of the Tiger,” and the All City High School Choir entertained with a medley of holiday tunes. Children from the Brooklyn Music School, preparing for their upcoming performance of “The Nutcracker,” also helped in turning on the lights.
Christmas tree and menorah lightings are happening in communities throughout the city. For more information, please visit www.nyc.gov/parks or call 311. Happy Holidays!
QUOTATION FOR THE DAY
“Household tasks are easier and quicker when they are done by somebody else.”
(1888 - 1953)
Directions to Prospect Park
Know Before You Go
There are currently 3 service interruptions affecting access within this park.
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
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: Summer 2015
Starting July 6, 2015, Prospect Park's West Drive will be permanently car-free after 9 a.m. on weekdays and 24 hours a day on weekends and holidays. For more information, please visit on.nyc.gov/1MOAh40.
Prospect Park Weather
- Lola Star's Dreamland Roller Disco Party: Hair Metal
- Introduction to Bird Watching
- Medicinal Plants Hike
- Nature Exploration
- Shape Up NYC: Cardio Toning
- Barbecuing Areas
- Baseball Fields
- Bicycling and Greenways
- Dog-friendly Areas
- Fitness Equipment
- Great Trees
- Hiking Trails
- Historic Houses
- Horseback Riding Trails
- Ice Skating Rinks
- Nature Centers
- Spray Showers
- Tennis Courts
- Wi-Fi Hot Spots
- Zoos and Aquariums
Know when to go:
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