While many readers may be aware that trees grow in Brooklyn, few may be cognizant of the fact that, yes, a forest grows in Brooklyn. This urban forest just happens to be in the borough’s own lovely Prospect Park, designed by those giants of landscape architects, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. Often overlooked by some who are primarily concerned with that other large swath of green in the middle of Manhattan, Prospect Park contains a 90-acre meadow, a zoo, a celebrated performing arts festival, and a lake. Visitors to the Prospect Park Alliance website can learn all about these things, and also delve into the park’s history. Those planning a visit may wish to look at the “General Info” and “Places To Go” sections for a selection of brief descriptions and photographs. For those seeking a historical perspective the “History & Nature” area is delightful. Here visitors can learn about the park’s historical development and creation, and learn more about those individuals responsible for the park’s design and aesthetic appeal. Finally, visitors should look at the online exhibit “A Glimpse Of Prospect Park” for a bit of visual perspective on the park’s history.
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