Park Slope neighbor Sue Donoghue has been appointed the new president and administrator of The Prospect Park Alliance, the nonprofit organization that partners with the city to oversee the ongoing care and long-term stewardship of Prospect Park.
She is a longtime Brooklyn resident and currently lives just a block from the park. A former assistant commissioner and special advisor for communications and special initiatives at NYC Parks, she will begin at Prospect Park on October 6, succeeding Emily Lloyd, who earlier this year was appointed commissioner of the city’s Department of Environmental Protection.
“Sue is a great problem-solver and a natural coalition-builder, and a champion for the sustainability and diversity of our parks,” said Council Member Brad Lander in a statement. “Most recently, we worked together to help save several dozen child-care slots for low-income families in our community, and I saw her hard work and creativity up close. And Sue is a neighborhood resident to boot! We’ve come so far in fulfilling the vision of Olmsted and Vaux of a park for all Brooklyn’s communities. With today’s appointment, Prospect Park’s best days are yet to come.”
The Prospect Park Alliance, founded in 1987, set out initially to restore and maintain the park. With its help, the park has improved and added a number of spaces, including the new LeFrak Center at Lakeside.
“Prospect Park is first and foremost the backyard for millions of Brooklynites – from Flatbush to Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Crown Heights to Park Slope, and for many more beyond its immediate border,” Donoghue said in a statement. “As the Alliance continues its work with the city in improving and maintaining the park, we can’t lose sight of that. This is a park for the people, and it’s those everyday users who will continue to drive our work.”
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