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Green-Wood Cemetery Will Welcome Runners While Prospect Park Is Closed Friday


Green-Wood Cemetery Map

As an accommodation to those inconvenienced by the closure of Prospect Park on October 25 due to President Obama’s visit, Green-Wood Cemetery will open its gates to runners between the hours of 12 and 6pm on Friday.

Cemetery officials stress that this is a one-day only accommodation. Jogging on Green-Wood grounds is otherwise strictly prohibited.

Runners can enter the cemetery at either 25th Street and 5th Avenue or at 35th Street and 4th Avenue. Parking is available at the 25th Street entrance, between the entrance gate and the Gothic Arch.

Joggers are asked to show proper respect for those who are grieving or visiting the final resting places of family members and loved ones.

Update 5:07pm: Green-Wood has decided to open another entrance to accommodate runners from the Slope. The entrance at 20th Street and Prospect Park West (the entrance closest to Prospect Park) will be open Friday from noon to 6pm.

Map via Green-Wood

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  1. Greenwood to the Rescue!! Greenwood is no longer a cemetery. They are turning it into a Movie Set and park. Pretty soon, they’ll be charging admission like Great Adventure. They allow picnics inside the main entrance where kids run all over peoples graves and remove flowers and flags. After the picnics the garbage pails are overflowing. When they allow filming, people sometimes can’t drive to the grave they’re trying to visit because of the movie equipment. Who will be responsible if someone hits a runner on Friday? Will the cemetery be sued instead of the driver? Wake up Greenwood bosses and stop degrading this beautiful resting place that should be sacred and allow people to pay their respects to their loved ones the way they would be able to at any other cemetery.

  2. Thank you so much for this news! Had a lovely 4 mile run in the cemetery today. I just wish they would allow regular use of the cemetery for recreation, as was intended when it was first developed. Runners are respectful, especially when you consider that here are more noxious uses in the cemetery at all times (cars whizzing thru, landscape maintenance, tree cutting, etc); it’s not like a few joggers would destroy the serenity.

  3. Check your history… Cemeteries were originally designed for recreation. Strolling, promenading, carriage rides, picnicking, etc. Jogging is hardly inconsistent with those original intentions. It’s a quiet, usually solitary activity that would hardly impinge on the serenity of the cemetery. Plus, Green Wood could charge entry for joggers and develop a new and much needed revenue stream to maintain this amazing space.

  4. FYI, to go with the comment about cemeteries and recreation, here’s a little bit about the rural cemetery movement: “Rural cemeteries (also known as park or garden cemeteries) were purposely landscaped like a park for use by the general public as a place for light outdoor recreation.”

    So, we’ve changed, but the cemetery’s beauty hasn’t. With such finite space in the city it only makes sense to respect the original purposes of these spaces so we can all enjoy them.

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