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Park it at the park! Prospect Park getting new lot, pedestrian path

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They put another parking lot in paradise.

Prospect Park is getting another parking lot as part of the final phase of the $74-million Lakeside project to redevelop the entire woodland. The new 120 spaces will replace an older parking lot that was much larger, and won’t take up any greenspace, according to the group that oversees the greens.

“It was, historically, a parking lot,” Prospect Park Alliance spokesman Eric Landau said. “What’s currently grass will remain grass.”

The lot, which is being built on Breeze Hill will only be open during the ice-skating season — from mid-October to March — whereas the previous 250-space lot was opened year-round, according to Landau. Drivers will be able to cruise in and out of the lot through another new road off the Lincoln Road entrance on Ocean Avenue.

Construction on the lot also include water basins that will improve drainage, Landau said.

Right next to the LeFrak Center, an ice-skating rink that opened in December that was transformed last month as a two-rink roller-skating complex, workers are also landscaping an area that used to be an entryway to the old parking lot. A new pedestrian path is also being installed that will run parallel to Park Drive from the parking lot to the facility. The 3.5-mile bridle path for horseback riding, which begins at the Park Circle entrance, is also being renovated.

The Prospect Park Alliance expects all construction to be finished in June.

Reach reporter Megan Riesz at mriesz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her on Twitter @meganriesz.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Jim from Windsort Terrace says:
I am "cautiously optimistic" about this. I see the need for parking and I'm very happy to hear it will only be open during the skating season (and I assume, special events at other times), but it's kinda sad that Breeze Hill (historically a parking lot or whatever) isn't being developed into something else. The new entrance / traffic pattern, however, seems like it will be less disruptive to the interior of the park.
May 12, 2014, 8:27 am
SteveFtGreene from Lefferts says:
'“It was, historically, a parking lot,” Prospect Park Alliance spokesman Eric Landau said. “What’s currently grass will remain grass.”'

Can this be true? The park pre-dates automobiles. What was historically parked there. Horses and carriages?
May 12, 2014, 1:37 pm
Daniel from Lefferts says:
Steve, the area just below that hill is known as the lullwater and there is an old boathouse there. I can imagine that carriages dropped people off there in the distant past. But Eric probably means it was another Robert Moses era parking lot.

The main concern in the community as expressed at PLGNA last month was that it would be open to traffic on the weekends when the park drive is loaded with people and the plan involves directing this traffic across the drive. As a whole there were about a dozen people who spoke against the parking lot and one that spoke for it (aside from Eric). But obviously the community most affected by the additional traffic casualties will tend to oppose these types of schemes.

Aside from running the traffic across the drive I don't think the traffic engineering is terrible, it is designed to slow reasonable drivers down to 25-30 mph. It is certainly better than the old Robert Moses creation the skating rink was built on!
May 12, 2014, 6:42 pm
Park Lover from Brooklyn says:
"It was, historically, a parking lot."

PR-speak! What absolute hogwash. It was historically grass and trees until Robert Moses came along.

If these are the people who are currently charged with representing and protecting the park, we're in trouble. What's next, condos?

Why is this parking lot free? People who drive to the park should pay for the privilege and for the extra wear and tear they put on the park loop. The PPA is often soliciting donations and this would be a good way to raise money to for park operations. It might also discourage a few people from driving who might otherwise switch to public transit or - gasp - walking in the park.
May 13, 2014, 8:26 am
Bill from PH says:
Disgusting!
May 13, 2014, 2:40 pm

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