The $750,000 project, funded by Council Member Eugene, will renovate the Parade Ground section of the Park, create an adult fitness area, and install a cooling misting line along the popular soccer fields. Installed along Fields 10 and 11, the misting line will be set on timers and will provide a cooling mist during peak hours when the fields are at their busiest and hottest. The water will not collect onto the fields’ artificial turf but will evaporate to cool the air.
The fitness area will feature twelve types of fitness equipment and offer an open area for group classes as well as custom concrete “step-up” blocks. The project also includes fixing drainage problems at Field 7, reconstructing the volleyball court, planting shade trees, and adding new seating.
“Starting with the Parade Grounds, we are making a number of upgrades to the surrounding area that will benefit residents who frequently use the park.” Council Member Eugene said in a statement. “Providing free resources that make physical fitness accessible to the public is essential to the overall wellbeing of our community, and the addition of an adult fitness area is an important step in that process. This project is part of my ongoing commitment to the preservation and revitalization of Prospect Park, and I am excited about the positive impact it will have in the community for years to come.”
These upgrades have been in the works for some time—BKLYNER first reported about Eugene’s proposed improvements to the Parade Ground back in 2015, when the Prospect Park Alliance presented the plans to Community Board 14‘s Environmental Committee.