Emily’s list? Fix Prospect Park

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Beleaguered Prospect Park has a new green queen!

The city announced on Wednesday that Emily Lloyd, a former commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Sanitation, will be the new administrator of the park, replacing icon Tupper Thomas, who is retiring.

Lloyd, 65, will take over Thomas’ dual posts as administrator, and president of the Prospect Park Alliance, the nonprofit group that oversees, and raises money for, the 585-acre park.

Lloyd, a longtime Park Slope resident, said she aims to continue the work of her predecessor, who started in 1980, and is credited with rescuing the park from neglect during the ruinous fiscal crisis of the 1970s, to a verdant wonderland more in line with Olmsted and Vaux’s 19th-century vision.

“Each time I visit Prospect Park, I’m always delighted to see how much people love being out in the park,” she said, vowing to “make sure Prospect Park has the resources it needs to continue to enrich the lives of everyone who uses it.”

An exhaustive national search was launched in April after Thomas announced her retirement. Parks officials said they were confident they chose the right person for the job.

“Emily is a proven leader with a wealth of experience managing complex projects at the intersection of the public realm and citizen activism in New York City,” said agency Commissioner Adrian Benepe.

Borough leaders also joined the lovefest.

“I am confident that she will be up to the challenge as she builds on Tupper’s legacy and further enhances the reputation of our gorgeous, iconic Prospect Park as the ‘green’ standard by which all urban parks are measured,” said Borough President Markowitz.

The challenge is a mighty one.

Aside from raising private money in a difficult economy, Lloyd will be expected to tackle the myriad of issues that are facing the park, including tardy trash pick ups; the still-uncaught “Butcher of Prospect Park,” who has dumping of animal parts and conducting ritualistic slayings near the lake; and a new concern — the existence and potential spread of rabies in the park’s raccoon population.

Updated 5:22 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Hank from Windsor Terrace says:
Oh my gosh, not a former DEP commissioner.
I hope she will take a look at the watercourse lakeside.
Tupper Thomas has left it in disrepair for years.
It has been used as a garbage dump with no real cleanup from the Alliance.
A sorry state of affairs.
Dec. 9, 2010, 12:42 pm
al pankin from downtown says:
It's a good choice. if she can't the garbage pick up no one can.
Dec. 9, 2010, 1:14 pm
John from Park Slope says:
A national search, my, my.
We get an even bigger bureaucrat at the start and look what Tupper Thomas turned into.

My, my.
Dec. 9, 2010, 1:14 pm
Christine from Prospect Heights says:
Hey Al,

All the times Emily Lloyd claims to visit Prospect Park and she never noticed the dreadful condition of the park due to Tupper Thomas' outrageous barbecue all over the meadows and throw your burnt coals in the lake policy.
A disgrace to say the least.

Clean the park, NOT IF THEY ARE GOING TO PRAISE TUPPER THOMAS as she goes out the back door.
A large part of Prospect Park is in horrible shape.
Dec. 9, 2010, 1:23 pm
James from Park Slope says:
Please forgive me for writing w'ere in big trouble now.
Here we go again. There is no independence from the commissioner and Ms. Lloyd is well trained in playing the game already.

Good luck to us AND OUR DOGS
Dec. 9, 2010, 1:26 pm
Austin from the Slope says:
Rabid raccoon. New head of the Alliance announcement.
Something fishy with this timing.
I don't believe in coincidences.
Dec. 9, 2010, 1:29 pm
J from Brooklyn says:
Dear Ms. Lloyd,

Please bear in mind that you are both the administrator AND head of the Prospect Park Alliance.

This is a distinction that Ms. Thomas appears to have forgotten. She claimed that she could not say, and would not say, anything in conflict with the city and USDA regarding the geese. Here's the problem with this: her stance will hurt donations to the alliance, the non-profit arm of the park.

If Ms. Thomas is right and there is absolutely no way for the head of the park to question or even comment on such an important issue, then perhaps it is time to consider that the head of the PPA and administrator of the park should be two separate positions.

Dec. 9, 2010, 6:06 pm
Thomas P. Cyclist from Flatbush says:
I would like to suggest that some kind of plan be put in place that Joggers/Walkers run/walk (AND STAY) in the lanes specified and in a counter clock-wise direction. I would also like to recomend that recreational bike riders, be made to ride in the same direction also. I know that this will be difficult, but we also need some more (Visible) law enforcement to enforce that would make parents responsible for their children's activity (bike's, scooter's skates etc.) ...All dogs should be kept on four foot leashes and to be kept on their owners left, or inside, and in so doing Racing Cyclists in conditions that are less hazardous. Every Summer there are accidents that repeat themselves because many people behave irresponsibly. Respectfully. Thomas P.
Dec. 9, 2010, 6:13 pm
Rick and kids from Park Slope says:
Let's hope she does right by the Park's wildlife.
Dec. 13, 2010, 1:40 pm

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