What: A celebration of Earth Day
Where: Prospect Park, Central Brooklyn
When: April 28th, 1-4PM
Why: There aren’t too many opportunities for green-minded New Yorkers to let out their inner eco-feelings and learn how to preserve the environment, whilst enjoying a pristine Parisian park-like setting—undisturbed by the usual gaggle of joggers, bikers, and tourists one might find in Central Park.
Prospect Park is a 140-year-old oasis covering 585 acres and bordering three distinct neighborhoods. Envisioned and designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the master planners behind Central Park, the Brooklyn landmark was intended as a respite from the rigors of urban life that could be enjoyed by members of all social classes.
The legacy of that ideology remains strong today, and on any given weekend one can see individuals, couples and families of every stripe walking, sunning, picnicking and playing volleyball on the park’s many inviting lawns and meadows. Long Meadow, at 90 acres, is thought to be the largest meadow in any U.S. park, so there is plenty of room for everyone. Visitors cannot fit every cultural activity into one day of sightseeing, not even those with a vigorous, up-at-dawn, carpe diem mentality. offMetro, in previous coverage, has mentioned some of the park’s adjacent hot spots, including the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park Zoo, and Brooklyn Public Library. Prospect Park’s sponsors host an impressive list of amusements, including an ice skating rink, carousel, tennis courts, horseback riding, and a full schedule of free summer concerts from June through August in its annual “Celebrate Brooklyn” series.
Earth Day events on the 28th will include tours, activities, workshops, and a green market. Start your day with a walking tours highlighting the park’s flora and fauna, paying homage to the great naturalist John James Audubon. Children will love the free fishing and the raptors tour with a wildlife specialist. Or get your hands “dirty” with a group clean-up of lakeshore where you’ll not only be collecting litter but helping to record the findings for the Audubon Society.
Visit the Prospect Park website for a complete schedule of Earth Day 2019.
How to get there: Prospect Park is easily accessible by mass transit: Take the F, 2, 3, Q, S or B trains, or the B41, B71, B69, B75 and B68 bus lines. (95 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, 718.965.8951, prospectpark.org)