$3.7 million in funding allocated for Prospect Park
by Holly Bieler
Nov 03, 2015 | 10003 views | 0 0 comments | 157 157 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Elected officials gathered at Prospect Park last week to celebrate $3.7 million in funding secured for the park in next year’s budget, which will go primarily towards restoring the park’s shuttered Oriental Pavilion and the Flatbush Avenue perimeter on the park’s east side.

“With these funds we’re going to be able to effect an incredible transformation,” said Prospect Park Alliance President Sue Donoghue. “This work is vital to ensuring the park’s role as a haven for millions of visitors.”

Situated in the park’s southeast corner, the Oriental Pavilion, a large open-air structure, was a popular spot for park-goers for decades, before years of deterioration made it unsafe to visit and it was closed to the public in 2014.

Approximately $2 million of funding will go to restoring the structure, including replacing the water-damaged roof, installing additional lighting and repairing stairways to the pavilion from Breeze Hill.

“The Oriental Pavilion is an iconic part of Prospect Park and I’m so pleased that it will finally be restored to its original pristine condition,” said Councilman Mathieu Eugene.

“The Oriental Pavilion is one of Prospect Park’s great spaces,” said Councilman Brad Lander. “People love having barbecues, parties and even weddings there, but not when the roof is falling. These fund help restore this charming and historic structure to its former glory.”

In addition to funds for the Oriental Pavilion, Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo and Borough President Eric Adams secured $1.5 million in the budget towards key improvement to the Flatbush Avenue park perimeter.

Lander secured an additional $200,000 to renovate an east side path that leads from the Children’s Corner to the Zucker Natural Exploration Area in the northeast corner of the park.

Adams said that for too long the park’s east side had been neglected in favor of Prospect Park West.

“For many years it has troubled me that we had one park, but we had two different visions,” he said. “That was a sad reality I was committed to change. We have one park. My theme of One Brooklyn means everything in the borough of Brooklyn should be one, and it should be uniform, and equity must go throughout the entire park.

“As one sees the beautification of Prospect Park West, they should also see that on Prospect Park East,” he added. “We are One Brooklyn that’s going to enjoy the beauty of our diversity, enjoy the beauty of our lifestyles, of our cultures, enjoy the beauty of our tax dollars going back to beautify the entire borough.”

Cumbo said that the park played a pivotal role in the lives of Brooklynites, including hers, and thus it was imperative to continue supporting it.

“My parents were married right here in Grand Army Plaza,” she said. “And my sister was a park ranger here for many years. This park is what unites us, it’s what brings together families of all backgrounds, all nationalities, all religions, all ages. It’s imperative we continue the exceptional work that began generations before I was even a twinkle in my parents' eye.”

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