Changing of the guard at Prospect Park

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Brooklyn’s backyard has a new person in charge of its front office.

The parks department and the Prospect Park Alliance have appointed a new head to the Alliance, the private group which manages the park. The new head honcho, Park Sloper Sue Donoghue, is coming to the position from a city job managing green spaces and said she is excited to work closer to home.

“It gives me an opportunity to give back to a place my family and I love and couldn’t live without,” said new prez Sue Donoghue in a statement.

Donoghue worked for the Department of Parks and Recreation for the past six years, overseeing the implementation of PlaNYC, a sustainability-oriented program that planted more than 900,000 trees and built eight parks across the five boroughs, according to the parks department. In her new role, Donoghue will direct the fund-raising and operations that keep the park lean, clean, and green.

Donoghue, a long-time Brooklyn resident, replaces Emily Lloyd, who left greener pastures behind in January to become Mayor DeBlasio’s commissioner to the Department of Environmental Protection. Lloyd had been the park’s green queen for just three years, taking the helm in December of 2010. Before Lloyd, Tupper Thomas had run Prospect Park since 1980, first as a city administrator, then as president of the Prospect Park Alliance, which she oversaw the creation of.

As word of the hire spread, praise for Donoghue rolled in from officials across New York.

“Sue is a great problem-solver and a natural coalition-builder, and a champion for the sustainability and diversity of our parks,” said Councilman Brad Lander (D–Park Slope) in a statement.

The Prospect Park Alliance was created in 1987 to channel philanthropist money into sprucing up the then-bedraggled park. Funding from the Alliance pays for a bulk of the park’s budget, and the group maintains the greensward with help from the city.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Mom from Clinton Hill says:
Let's hope she keeps the park a park instead of a concert venue, roller rink and other nonsense.
Sept. 14, 2014, 5:10 pm
Scott from Park Slope says:
I'd like to see the Park, the Prospect Park Zoo, and the Lefferts House work together to expand their facilities and activities. They are great but the community is outgrowing their modest scale.
Sept. 15, 2014, 8:41 am
Jim from Park Slope says:
I agree with Mom. We don't need more facilities, expanded programs, activities, or concerts. We need the peace and quite the park provides as an escape for when the city becomes too much to deal with. No more Googa Mooga!
Sept. 15, 2014, 10:49 am
Elizabeth from Prospect Heights says:
I want to congratulate Susan Donoghue on her new position, and my first hope is she can do something to protect finally the horribly maligned and beleaguered resident Canada geese (they are not migratory) and swans that are being slaughtered systematically every year. Year after year, because it is no solution and never will be. I hope she's smart and savvy enough to realize there are real solutions to "overpopulation" that don't involve gassing and slaughter.
Sept. 15, 2014, 12:22 pm
Common Cents from Crown Heights says:
There is a humane way of dealing with bird populations. We use it at some of our air bases and airports across the globe do the same. Just introduce a predator to the environment and they will go away. I'm sure there are plenty of bird dog owners in NYC that wouldn't mind letting their dogs run around the park a couple of hours a day.
Sept. 15, 2014, 2:50 pm
really? from kensington says:
It would be brilliant if the new management could limit the massive drum circles, carnivals for the upwardly mobile, homeless encampments, picnics that leave behind landfills of waste, and general third world behaviors.
Sept. 15, 2014, 7:15 pm

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