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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Winter Prospect

This is a view of Sullivan Hill from the Long Meadow in Prospect Park (click here for second photo of Lower Pool). The park, a 526-acre urban oasis located in the heart of Brooklyn, was designed by famed landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who also designed Central Park. This park and its Central Park kin are much more than just green oases - they have innumerable specialized environments and activities. Prospect Park features the 90-acre Long Meadow, the 60-acre Lake, the Nethermead, an Audubon Center, the Prospect Park Zoo, playgrounds, Children's Corner, the Carousel, Lefferts Historic House, Concert Grove, the bandshell (home of Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival), Dog Beach, ponds. Areas have been dedicated for baseball and other ball sports, tennis, ice skating, fishing, boating, horseback riding, barbecuing. One can bike, run or skate on its drives which are closed to vehicles (except during rush hours0. Here we have Brooklyn's only forest, with walking trails, streams, waterfalls and the Ravine. It also hosts many activities and events - click here for the official website. Also, for a free download of a color map, click here. Prospect Park is a world unto itself, heavily used, yet large enough to easily absorb all its visitors on a busy day. For NYC residents, parks are very important - they function as essentially the only real green outdoor spaces apart from leaving the city itself. The streets and parks are our backyards ...

6 comments:

Lucy said...

These NYC parks are so important to the people who live here, it would be impossible to deal with NYC without having the time in the parks to de-compress...

Anonymous said...

your blog is an inspiration..it also encourages me with a simple message - live life, live it well...so much to do in this great city of ours...

tks for sharing

Brian said...

I really feel these parks have an almost subconscious presence in our minds.
Brian

Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more. When I lived in Manhattan, I often thought that I didn't make enough of Central Park, and was it just some dream oasis for me. I sometimes tried to imagine the island without the park. It was an unbearable thought.

Abraham Lincoln said...

It is a nice photograph and a reminder of how fragile our environment is. Without the park the people would go nuts.

Brian said...

anonymous; abraham -
Yes, I think parks are more important to residents than outsiders realize. Of course, many have limited access or leave the city regularly.
Brian