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Fort Greene Park is a 30-acre (12 hectares) public park in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood. The park is the site where General Nathanael Greene, during the American Revolution, supervised the construction of a fort on high grounds and named it Fort Putnam. During the War of 1812, the fort was fortified further in defense of a possible invasion by the British and renamed Fort Greene. By the 1847, the space around the fort became the first designated public park in Brooklyn. 

Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn (New York City)
Fort Greene Park by David Shankbone
The park was initially named Washington Park but later renamed Fort Greene Park in 1897. Architects Olmsted and Vaux were engaged in 1867 to design the park's initial layout, which was later renovated in the 1930s. Rolling hills, open green spaces, trees, and shady walks describe the landscape of Fort Greene Park. There is a wall almost entirely around the park that gives the park a feel of seclusion. The Prison Ship Martyrs' Monument is the site of a crypt for more than 11,500 prisoners of war who died from neglect during captivity in British prison ships during the American Revolution. 
Prison Ship Monument at Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn (New York City)
Prison Ship Monument at Fort Greene Park by Adonovan0
There are paths for strollers and joggers passing through the green open spaces and shady trees in the park. Facilities at Fort Greene Park include two children's playgrounds near Myrtle Street and St. Edwards Plaza and another at DeKalb Avenue and Cumberland Street. There are also plenty of green spots for picnics and designated spots for barbecues. Other facilities include basketball courts, tennis courts, and dog runs.

Location: Bordered by Myrtle and DeKalb Avenues and nearby the Clinton/Washington Avenue (Subway) Station

Website: NYC Department of Parks & Recreation

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