All images courtesy of Daniel Avila / NYC Parks
Throughout April, the city’s parks will celebrate the 200th birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect whose visionary work on Central Park, Prospect Park, and many other public parks helped influence the future of urban green space design. The Parks Department will be teaching New Yorkers about Olmsted’s influence on urban design with an exhibition at the Arsenal Gallery, tours led by the Urban Park Rangers, and much more.
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Photo credit: Chadwick Creative Arts; Courtesy of the Prospect Park Alliance
A new food and drink concession is headed to Brooklyn’s Backyard this spring. The Prospect Park Alliance on Wednesday announced Park Slope’s Winner will open a new cafe on the lower level of Prospect Park’s Picnic House, a charming Colonial Revival-style building in the park’s Long Meadow. Offering baked goods, sandwiches, beverages, and picnic meals, Winner will serve parkgoers through December. Service will begin with breakfast and additional hours will be added weekly until Memorial Day when the cafe’s regular hours of operation will be 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
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Rendering of the Sensory Garden and Rustic Arbor. Image courtesy of Prospect Park Alliance
On Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the allocation of $40 million to restore Prospect Park’s Vale. This funding is the largest in the history of Prospect Park Alliance, the non-profit organization that manages the park. The Vale, also known as the “Vale of Cashmere,” is a 26-acre portion of the park’s northeast corner known for its breathtaking foliage.
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Photos by Paul Martinka for the Prospect Park Alliance
After being closed to the public for nearly seven years, the historic Concert Grove Pavilion in Prospect Park reopened this week following a restoration. Designed in 1874 by Calvert Vaux, who co-designed the Brooklyn park with Frederick Law Olmsted, the stunning structure features colorfully painted wood ceilings and iron columns, ornate wooden trim, and a star-patterned stained-glass dome.
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Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Arch lighting design test in 2019; Photo courtesy of Jordan Rathkopf/ Prospect Park Alliance
Plans to renovate Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza were unveiled this week, the first major restoration of Prospect Park’s historic entrance in decades. The $8.9 million revamp focuses on the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Arch, including replacing the arch’s roof, cleaning and restoring the brick and stone structure, repairing the interior staircases, and adding modern lighting to the exterior. Surrounding plaza and landscape berms that frame the plaza will also be restored and new native trees and shrubs will be planted.
The second-floor entrance to the Picnic House, photo by Prospect Park Alliance via Flickr cc
The 10 million visitors who walk through Prospect Park each year will have a new place to stop for food and drink very soon. The Prospect Park Alliance has issued an RFP for “the sale of food and beverage items from the ground floor Picnic House concession space.” Currently, the Picnic House’s second floor is a popular event and wedding venue, but the first floor is mainly unused.