Prospect Park is one of the most iconic parks in all of New York City, and one of Brooklyn’s most popular destinations both for tourists and locals. Covering 526 acres, this is the second-largest park in Brooklyn. It boasts beautiful geography and landscaping, and in our opinion, Prospect Park is a work of art. Our Brooklyn workers comp lawyers love visiting here when the weather is nice and taking part in the variety of activities and experiences this beautiful park has to offer. Some of our favorite aspects of Prospect Park include:
The park is home to several expansive athletic facilities and fields. There are seven baseball fields here, including two major-league sized fields for older players and organized leagues. There are five smaller fields as well, which are designed for younger children between the ages of 8-12, generally. These fields are a great place to enjoy a softball league game or competitive baseball league game during the spring, summer, and early fall. The Prospect Park Women’s Softball League has been playing here during the summers for over 35 years.
There is also the Prospect Park Track Club, which has been in operation since the early 1970s. This club organizes regular training runs and races in the park, using the 3.35 mile-long loop.
There are circle rules football games played here every weekend from spring through the fall at the tip of the Long Meadow, near the Grand Army Plaza. These games have been happening since 2007.
You can even ride horseback here, as riders from Kensington Stables frequently take their horses along the paths of the park.
During the warm months of the year, you can pedalboat on the lake. In the winter months, you have the option to ice-skate, cross-country ski, and sled.
Prospect Park regularly hosts a variety of cultural events, including concerts, festivals, art exhibitions, and much more. Some of the highlights of their event schedule include:
Art in the Parks
Prospect Park Alliance and NYC Parks regularly team up to host public art exhibitions at Prospect Park. Currently, they’re hosting an exhibition of sculptures by artist Fitzhugh Karol. This includes two sculptures of colorful intersecting steel shapes, which pay homage to familiar stairs and hillsides. These abstract sculptures highlight how humanity has changed our landscapes and invite viewers to interact with them.
Introduction to Birdwatching
Prospect Park has long been a popular destination for birdwatchers, as a wide range of different species calls the park home. If you’re interested in bird watching but aren’t sure how to start pursuing the hobby, the Introduction to Birdwatching event is a great place to start. You can learn all about the different birds that live here and how to spot them on your own.
Each year, the Prospect Park Alliance hosts a schedule of events that are fun for the whole family. These are hosted at the Prospect Park Audobon Center, Lefferts Historic House, and the Carousel and include:
- Nature education programs at the Audobon Center
- Discovery Pack, which offers kits with nature activities for families
- Bird Nerd Game Hour – A competitive hour of puzzles, Bingo, card games, and other activities which teach about birds and nature.
- Animal Encounter – A program teaching about the animals in the Audobon Center’s collection.
- Nature on the Go! – A tour of the areas surrounding the Audobon Center, where your family will learn about the beautiful nature surrounding the park.
- Spring Cleaning – Wash clothes, rake leaves, spread wood chips, and participate in other cleaning activities.
- Carousel Rides