The Prospect Park Alliance seeks to inspire visitors to take an active role in the preservation of the unique natural, man-made and ultimately urban environments of Prospect Park. It strives to cultivate within diverse communities an interest in and support for a shared responsibility in maintaining the health of the park for future generations.
The alliance administers many facilities throughout Prospect Park. Best known is the Lefferts Homestead Children's Museum, which offers activities for families and school groups throughout the year. There is also the Kate Wollman Ice Skating Center; the 1912 vintage Carousel (only 50 cents); a replica of an old-time trolley offering a full-circuit ride from Wollman Center, with stops at the Carousel, the Prospect Park Wildlife Center, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Grand Army Plaza.
In addition, there are ball fields, pedal boats at the boathouse, the Imagination Playground and designated trails for horseback riding. Horses can be hired through Kensington Stables (718-972-4588), where lessons are available at nominal rates. Last but not least, children and adults can give a gift to nature by becoming volunteers. The Prospect Park Alliance offers training to become either a stationary, roving or roadway Park Greeter or a Trolley or Woodlands Tour Guide through the Outreach Volunteer Training program. It also organizes volunteers on special days to help clean and beautify the park.
Besides a leisurely Sunday in the park, families can enjoy many special events and programs. Ice skating can be learned or improved at the Alliance Skate School. The annual Prospect Park Children's Concert Series takes place at the Ninth Street Bandshell (suggested donation: $1). The Imagination Playground offers storytelling and creative play. There are occasional evening lectures offered on topics such as the park's history or ecologies of urban forests, and the Picnic House is home to the yearly New York Sword Dance Festival. Take part in the annual You Gotta Have Park! celebration, with two days of family fun (suggested donation: $1). Other activities include team sports at the Parade Ground with fields for baseball, soccer and football and a tennis center. The park also has designated trails for horseback riding.
- Season Year-round
- Admission Performances, special events, storytelling and lectures: free; skating lessons: varies
The Prospect Park Alliance offers a school volunteer program. Students come to the park three times during a season for volunteer activities that are tied to environmental concepts (e.g., spreading wood chips as mulch may be tied to erosion, compaction, recycling, etc.).
The Audubon Center offers educational programming for children and school groups including nature tours, half- and whole-day workshops and in-school programs. Also available are free Discover Packs, which include all the materials necessary to investigate nature and participate in Citizen Science projects in Prospect Park.
- Program Location At facility only
- Program Season April-June and Sept-Nov
- Fees Free
- Special Education Programs? Yes
- Publications for Teachers? Yes