Two of the ballfields on Prospect Park’s long meadow reopened this week after a long restoration, which saw large portions of the greenspace fenced off while under construction.
According to the Prospect Park Alliance, ballfields four and five are finally open to the public following a $1.25 million makeover funded by Park Slope Councilman Brad Lander, as part of an ongoing restoration of the ballfields.
“I’m so glad that the restoration of Long Meadow Ballfields four and five is complete in time for ball players to enjoy them this fall,” Lander said in a statement. “Our parks and play areas are a critical resource, especially during this pandemic, to keep our communities happy, healthy, and connected.”
The restoration involved reseeding the turf and installing new clay infields, benches and pathways, as well as new clay storage bins and shaded dugouts.
As part of the ongoing rehabilitation of the lawn, ballfields two and three will be restored next.
“We are so grateful to Council Member Lander and his constituents for supporting this project,” said Prospect Park Alliance President Sue Donoghue. “These fields are a destination for thousands of Brooklynites each season for baseball, softball, soccer, and flag football. Particularly during these times, we are committed to welcoming and accessible green space for our community.”