Pastoral Paradise: Prospect Park
Across undulating meadows, into the ravine, around Beaux-Arts structures and precious trees, tread the path that many Brooklynites have tread before you.
A fully immersive, mobile audio tour through Olmsted and Vaux's Brooklyn masterpiece. Enjoy and reconnect with nature, with a dose of history and mindfulness.
Prospect Park was a saving grace for locals like us during lockdown, we were lucky to have this oasis as our backyard. Due to the pandemic, the park lost critical funding and has had to make painful cuts in staff and services. At a time when Prospect Park is more important to our wellbeing and our community than ever, we made this walk to express our love for the park. While the tour is free, please support the Prospect Park Alliance, the non-profit organization that safeguards this treasure.
Pastoral Paradise was written and produced by Rebecca Chaisson.
Estimated duration: 45 mins
Walking distance: 1.4 mi
Start point: 3rd St & Prospect Park West
This tour has advanced features. You'll need the app to begin exploring.
Watch the evolution of Prospect Park unfold in front of you as you look through photographs dating all the way back to 1861.
Go back in time and check out these archival newspapers from 1920 and 1943 that describe a few of the lives of those buried in the Quaker Cemetery.
See the "tree-moving machine" that John Y. Culyer designed in 1869. The machine was responsible for moving 600 trees in a three year span, some weighing as much as 15 tons.
Want even more resources for this iconic green space? No problem. Here's a list of recommended reading:
Camperdown Elm: A tree that grows parallel to the ground was declared Brooklyn's "crowning curio" by the poet who saved it.
25 Little-Known Facts About Olmsted & Vaux's Masterpiece by Jessica Dailey
Building of the Day: Third Street Gatehouse by Suzanne Spellen