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Field within Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Field within Prospect Park, Brooklyn

At 526 acres this beautiful park is located along the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Look on any city map and you’ll find it easily. Within are lush green lawns, lots of shaded areas to sit back and relax on, baseball fields, playgrounds and a wooded section alongside Prospect Lake, 60 acres of water alongside which you’ll find waterfowl. As you can see I got to photograph one drinking from the lake itself. Unfortunately, ’till further notice, the wooded section is closed off for renovation.

Once forest land, this Park was designed by Frederick Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. Yes, those same men responsible for our wonderful Central Park and Riverside Park. Vestiges and the style of the time the park was built can be seen in the tunnels and bridges of the park. Originally, there were no streams, waterfalls or even a lake. All of the park, just like Central Park, was manmade.

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Field within Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Field within Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Today, over 6 million people visit the park annually. There are always many activities/events in the Park during the summer. Should you be in the area, well, check out Grand Army Plaza located at one of the parks entrances, take a hike along one of the roads which go through the wooded area. Sit back and relax. I passed by recently on a weekday and you’d have never thought that so many people visit the park annually. It was all too comfortable.

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