Prospect Park W, Parkside Ave. bet. Flatbush Ave., Ocean Ave. and Prospect Park SW
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The original plan of Prospect Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in 1866, left blank this area of the park, except for the written labels "Concourse for Pedestrians" and "Music Stand." With the park under construction around 1870, Olmsted and Vaux elaborated their design to accommodate musical performances. Within an otherwise pastoral park, they set formal grounds with terraces and a radial arrangement of walkways, punctuated by lineally arranged trees, lavish floral beds and elaborate decorative carvings in New Brunswick sandstone. Noting that, "Promenade concerts are common in many European pleasure grounds [and were] universal in German towns, common in French, and less so in British," they sought in the concert grove to achieve a place with this purpose in mind.
At the north end was built the Concert Grove House, demolished in 1949, and at the south end Vaux designed the Concert Grove Pavilion, completed in 1874. Made of eight cast-iron posts modeled after Hindu columns of the medieval period (8th to 12th centuries), and supporting an elaborately painted hipped roof with stained-glass cupola, the structure--restored in 1987--is also known as the Oriental Pavilion. At one time it was used as an open-air restaurant.
In 1887 the Music Pagoda was built near the Lily Pond, and with the subsequent establishment of a new music grove at the north edge of the area of the park known as the Nethermead, this area came to be referred to as the Flower Garden.
The Concert Grove possesses a rich collection of bronze sculptural portraits. Three were donated by United German Singers of Brooklyn as trophies which they had won in the national Saengerfest choral competitions. These works include Henry Baerer’s bust of Ludwig von Beethoven (1894), Augustus Mueller’s Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1897), and Chester Beach’s Karl Maria Von Weber (1909).
The other statues in the vicinity are John G. Draddy’s portrayal of Irish poet Thomas Moore (1879), J. Wilson McDonald’s representation of American author Washington Irving (1871), Henry Kirke-Brown’s Abraham Lincoln (1869), and Sigvald Asbjorsen’s homage to composer Edward Grieg (1914), a gift of the Norwegian Societies of Brooklyn. A 1997 grant from the Florence Gould Foundation funded the conservation of the Concert Grove statuary.
Von Weber Memorial Details
- Sculptor: Chester Beach
- Description: Bust on pedestal
- Materials: Bronze, Barre granite
- Dimensions: Bust H: 4'1 ½"
- Cast: ca 1909
- Dedicated: 1909
- Donor: United German Singers
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Kate Wollman Ice Skating Rink: CLOSED 2012-2013
The Kate Wollman Rink will NOT be open for ice skating this winter; 2012 - 2013. The parking lot will also remain closed this winter. Construction is continuing on Lakeside , a year-round destination for recreation, relaxation, and events. Ice skating will return with the completion of this exciting new project.
- The Great Googamooga To Come To Prospect Park
- Statement From Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe On The Cancellation Of Winter Jam 2012
- Topping Off Prospect Park's New Lakeside
- Ride The Carousel in Prospect Park
- Nature's Helpers
- Animal Encounter at Prospect Park
- Nature On The Go!
- Shape Up NYC: Pilates
- Barbecuing Areas
- Baseball Fields
- Bicycling and Greenways
- Dog-friendly Areas
- Fitness Equipment
- Hiking Trails
- Historic Houses
- Horseback Riding Trails
- Ice Skating Rinks
- Nature Centers
- Paddleboat Rentals
- Spray Showers
- Tennis Courts
- Water Fountains
- Zoos and Aquariums
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