So, we may not have big back yards, though some people have created lovely oases in their back yard. But we all get to enjoy this lovely park. Prospect Park is 585 acres in the heart of Brooklyn that first opened to the public in 1867. It was designed by the same partners - Olmstead and Vaux - who designed the more famous Central Park in Manhattan.
This map shows the entire park. My photos are mostly of the entry by Grand Army Plaza (Top right) and the Long Meadow (labeled)
Each Saturday, there is a huge Farmers' Market in entrance tot he park by Grand Army Plaza. I've shared photos of that market before, but here are some from last Saturday.
I headed to the market in search of herb plants for my kitchen. I'd heard rosemary and peppermint were natural bug repellants, so that's what I was looking for.
This is the arch at Grand Army Plaza. On the Prospect Park Alliance's website, I found this interesting bit of information.
The Plaza was one of the first features of Prospect Park to be built and marks the beginning of the Eastern Parkway (1866), the world’s first parkway, also designed by Vaux and his partner Frederick Law Olmsted (1822–1903). The parkway’s intended purpose was to connect the City’s parks with ornamental roads free of commercial traffic.
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This is where my herbs came from.
Food. Any Texans know of King David Tacos?
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Once you walk into the park, you could follow the roadway (no cars allowed) ...
Then you're at the Long Meadow where you may see dogs romping in the morning, or volleyball games on a hot Saturday.
Someone left an artful display on the path.
In the summer, all is lush and green. This is a different park entrance.
Does it surprise you to see such large dedicated green spaces in the heart of the city?
Do you have a favorite public park?
In response to Kav's comment below, I took this snap from Google Earth. The large green part on top is Greenwood Cemetary. The slightly larger green below is Prospect Park.