GoogaMooga wreaked havoc on Prospect Park, say watchdogs

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Sea of revelers: More than 40,000 people turned out for the second-ever Great GoogaMooga in Prospect Park on May 17 and May 18 before the massive three-day food, music, and drink fest got rained out on Sunday.
Packing up: As workers started to pick up the pieces from the Great GoogaMooga the damages became noticeable.
Run-down: The gigantic music, drink, and food fest left Prospect Park full of tire tracks from trucks brought in to load and un-load equipment.
Run-down: Organizers laid out boards to prevent damage to the grass, but in some areas those boards did not hold up.
Exposed: The damage that the Great GoogaMooga left behind on Prospect Park started to show while organizers packed and cleaned.
Imprints: The parkland showed where vendors from the Great GoogaMooga were set up.
Rugged: Prospect Park’s Nethermead was left with bare patches were grass used to be.
Water-logged: The Great GoogaMooga was cancelled on its last day due to rain, leaving behind a muddy mess.
Dead land: The Prospect Park Alliance said that it will assess the damages caused by the Great GoogaMooga in the coming days.

The controversial Great GoogaMooga music festival left a horrible GoogaMark on Brooklyn’s backyard for the second year in a row, say Prospect Park watchdogs who claim that last weekend’s two-day party severely damaged the greenspace’s Nethermead .

The field is now home to muddied ruts, bare swatches of dirt, tire-track depressions brought in from tractor-trailers to load and unload equipment, and large, yellowed rectangular impressions on the grass caused by the heavy hardware that sat atop it for nearly two weeks during the time that the huge meadow was closed to the public.

“What I saw was old damage, new damage and an accumulation of both,” said Prospect-Lefferts Gardens resident Seth Kaplan, who had feared that the second coming of the music and foodie fest would leave the park in ruins. “I have lived next to the park for almost 15 years and this is the worst shape I have ever seen the Nethermead.”

The destruction came despite the fact that the “rain-or-shine” event was shortened by one day due to inclement weather, say activists who said just two days was enough to get the damage done.

“It’s only going to get worse because of the rain,” said Geoffrey Croft, president of the New York City Park Advocates, who claimed that the wreckage offsets the $75,000 rental fee that goes to the Prospect Park Alliance, which manages the park. “It’s just not worth it.”

Organizers recently finished packing up after the festival that boasted food stands from 85 New York restaurants and musical performances from an array of big-time bands even though, as of Thursday, some trucks were still left on the park’s drive.

The Alliance, which brought in GoogaMooga to generate funds for the park’s upkeep and programs, said that it is in the process of photographing and documenting the damages caused by the extravaganza, which was sponsored by the promoter Superfly Presents.

“Now that Superfly has almost completed their event load-out, we have begun our initial landscape assessment,” said a spokesman for the Alliance. “Working closely with Superfly over the next week, we will develop a plan to address the damage.”

Superfly organizers said that they will pay to fix whatever damage was done.

“It’s a top priority of Superfly’s to restore the park from any damage caused by the festival,” said a Superfly representative.

Reach reporter Natalie Musumeci at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her at
Updated 10:11 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Jay from New York says:
What a dumb idea. getting people to destroy a nice parkland and then restore it with received payment from the offenders. The leaders of Prospect Park Alliance should be replaced with someone with better common sense and civic mind.
May 24, 2013, 8:22 am
"Interloper" from Kent Ave says:
They should definitely have a more substantial portion of the proceeds go to park repairs and maintenance especially as this thing is getting bigger every year.
May 24, 2013, 11:29 am
JAY from NYC says:
First they don't fix everything, they keep claiming that they do but there was STILL damage from last year that was never fixed, so that is just FALSE.
Second, when they work on things it means people can't use the area for months, and that is not fair. Third, wondering if this thing is handicapped accessible, from what I saw last year, its not and its a big a** lawsuit waiting to happen.
May 24, 2013, 7:28 pm
Patrick from Greenpoint says:
The park alliance's leadership should be in replaced.
June 3, 2013, 8:32 am

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