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Prospect Park Alliance hopes to fund new entrances through new NYC Parks initiative

With the launch earlier this year of Parks Without Borders—a New York City Parks initiative looking to fund $50 million in projects to improve park entrances, edges and park-adjacent spaces— the Prospect Park Alliance is seeking support for a proposal that would create two new entrances for the park along Flatbush Avenue and reconstruct an existing entrance.

According to the Park Slope Civic Council, with $2 million in funding from Parks Without Borders, the Alliance could focus on “a major entrance for the public to access the park on Flatbush Avenue nearest the Rose Garden (located in the northeast section of the park), a minor secondary entrance just north of the Prospect Park Zoo on Flatbush Avenue, [as well as] reconstructing the existing Willink entrance.”

“The Alliance relies on funding from private and public sources, which is critical for restoring and maintaining the Park,” said Alliance President Sue Donoghue earlier this year. “The community has voiced a strong desire to see these projects come to light.”

With that in mind, and with community input so easily accessible over the internet, the Prospect Park Alliance is urging residents to visit the Parka Department’s website and virtually select the specific improvements they would like to see to Prospect Park.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams concurred. “As Brooklyn’s connector-in-chief, I believe strongly in transforming our parks to be more open and connected with our communities, improving access to active and passive recreation space,” he said. “I look forward to seeing Brooklynites engage with Parks Without Borders and its local feedback process.”

Parks Without Borders “open(s) parks to users, weave green space into neighborhoods and create a flowing, welcoming public realm,” according to Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver.

To view the proposal and submit suggestions, visit www.nycgovparks.org/planning-and-building/planning/parks-without-borders.

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