After a year of heavy use stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, Prospect Park is launching a new program to maintain Brooklyn’s Backyard in ship-shape ahead of the summer season season.
The initiative, dubbed Re:New Prospect Park, goals to maintain the greenspace clear and nicely maintained, with a give attention to trash administration, park enhancements, and volunteerism.
“Starting from last march the park has been absolutely so well used, and it’s been such a respite for so many people,” stated Sue Donoghue, president of the Prospect Park Alliance, the nonprofit steward of the park. “But all that love takes its toll and we really felt it was important as we think about this spring and this summer that we are prepared and putting the resources necessary to really help to care for and maintain the park — because we know we’re going to be facing a good deal of usage again this summer.”
A mixture of heavy use and funds cuts put the park in a troublesome spot final summer season — one it hopes to not be in once more, in accordance with Donoghue.
“Last summer we really struggled to have the resources to adequately maintain the park because of significant cuts to the Park’s Department budget, and then by necessity, we at the Alliance also had to cut our budget,” she stated. “The impacts of those decrease in resources were significant and immediately noticeable in overflowing trash cans and that kind of thing.”
The initiative will see the park associate with job coaching group Ace New York and obtain funding from e-commerce large Amazon.
To curb trash pile up the park confronted final year throughout a summer season of giant crowds, Ace New York crews will present rubbage pickup providers on peak weekdays and weekend evenings via October, and an Amazon consultant stated the tech company was significantly fascinated with serving to pay for enhancements to the east aspect of the park.
“Amazon heard that the Alliance is particularly focused on improvements to Prospect Park’s East side, adjacent to the neighborhoods of Crown Heights and Prospect Lefferts Garden,” stated Carley Graham Garcia, Amazon’s New York City head of exterior affairs. “We were excited that our support helped this underserved section of the park, while creating local employment opportunities.”
Another of the initiative’s tenets entails enhancements to park infrastructure and greenery. Broadly, spruce-ups are deliberate for garden areas, restrooms, and barbecues, whereas particular renovations are deliberate for the Lincoln Road and Children’s Corner bogs, new benches and landscaping are deliberate for the Drummer’s Grove, and new grills and furnishings are deliberate for the Picnic House and Bandshell barbecue areas.
A 3rd pillar of the initiative shall be an emphasis on volunteer efforts, in accordance with the Alliance, with an enlargement of volunteer alternatives together with a “Green and Go” package for anytime cleanups and the return of the “It’s My Park Monday” program.
“It’s so important to support your local park and be out helping to maintain it,” stated Donoghue. “It’s been such a vital part of people’s experience during this pandemic.”