Prospect Park celebrates 150 years with events, renovations | am New York
A Brooklyn without a Prospect Park? Fuggedaboutit.
Brooklynites are ringing in the new year just as Prospect Park, the borough’s crown jewel, is ramping up to celebrate 150 years as a place to relax, play and experience nature. In fact, the sprawling 526-plus acre green space still serves many of the same functions it was originally designed for.
Created before Brooklyn was officially part of New York City, Prospect Park was designed and constructed from 1865 to 1895 by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux — who also designed Central Park. The park, which opened to the public in 1867 before construction was complete, was designed for many of the same things it’s used for today.