Prospect Park getting new entrances, beautification thanks to Parks without Borders

Thursday, April 26, 2018
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Reporter AJ Ross has the latest on the plans.

PROSPECT PARK, Brooklyn (WABC) -- Prospect Park is getting an upgrade.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams was joined by New York City Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver and other city officials to break ground on the project Thursday.

They said the northeast edge of the park will be "restored to its former glory," with new plants, decorative fencing and lighting. The project, which costs $2.4 million, was funded through the Parks Without Borders program.

"This is where we came for family outings," Silver said. "This is where I learned how to ride my bike. This is where I had almost my first kiss."

Also announced were two new entrances coming to the park in spring 2020. The entrances will be along Flatbush Avenue near the Prospect Park Zoo and near where the Rose Garden once was.

"This stretch of real estate here on Flatbush Avenue has been horrific for so many years," Adams said. "This is a legacy project."

That project will cost an additional $3.2 million and will also be funded through Parks Without Borders.

The program seeks to make city parks more welcoming and open.

The parks are chosen based on community input.


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