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Prospect Park 

 
 

Brooklyn's Prospect Park is among the larger parks in New York City covering 585 acres (237 hectares). Prospect Park is part of the Brooklyn-Queens Greenway, a series of parks in Brooklyn and Queens connected by bicycle and pedestrian paths. The park's construction began in 1866, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux who also designed Manhattan's Central Park. After more than 100 years since its opening, Prospect Park is one of New York City's more popular parks receiving over eight million visitors each year. 

Prospect Park, Brooklyn (New York City)
Prospect Park by GKtramrunner229
Prospect Park is an oasis of greenery in the urban heart of Brooklyn and the only naturally forested area in Brooklyn. The park comprises of a meadow called Long Meadow stretching from the northern to western end of the park covering 90 acres (36 hectares). Grassy slopes cover the meadow and a popular spot for strolling, picnicking, and lazing under the sun in summer. Another feature of Prospect Park is the 60-acre (24 hectares) Lake, comprising of man-made waterways and pools connected to one another.

There are four nature trails within Prospect Park including the Lullwater, Midwood, Peninsular, and Waterfall Trails. All the trails start from the Audubon Center at the Boathouse located near the park's Lincoln Road/Ocean Avenue entrance. The trails pass through some of the most scenic areas of Prospect Park including forests, lakes, streams, and waterfalls with opportunities to observe wildlife. Every Saturday and Sunday (starting at 3:00 p.m.), the Audubon Center offers visitors guided nature tours along the trails.
Music Pagoda Bridge in Prospect Park, Brooklyn (New York City)
Music Pagoda Bridge in Prospect Park by Dave Smith

Facilities include seven children's playground situated at various corners of the park. The Wollman Rink is a small lake covering slightly more than half an acre (1/4 hectare). Paddle boats are available in summer and in winter the lake turns into a popular ice-skating rink. Within Prospect Park is the 12-acre (five hectares) Prospect Park Zoo, home to nearly 400 animals from more than 80 species. Don't miss the farmers' market held on Saturdays at the Grand Army Plaza, offering a wide range of fresh produce from the region.

Location: Nearby Prospect Park, Parkside Avenue, and Fort Hamilton Parkway (Subway) Stations

Website: Prospect Park

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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