Prospect Park Alliance and Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene unveiled on Friday new communal barbecue grills in Prospect Park just in time for Memorial Day Weekend and the beginning of summer.
The new grills can be found in the southeastern section of the park: Two triple grill stations are located at the lawn area across from the Lincoln Road entrance to the park, and another two stations are located at the lawn area next to the Parkside and Ocean Avenue entrance.
"Barbecuing is a long-held summer tradition in Prospect Park. The grills are a welcome, new addition to the park for the east side communities," said Sue Donoghue, president of Prospect Park Alliance. "These new communal grills will make it even more inviting to enjoy summer in Prospect Park."
The $80,000 project is similar to the popular and well-received grills installed at Brooklyn Bridge Park, and also include new hot coal bins and trash receptacles. In addition, the lawn areas were restored and regraded to accommodate the grills. The grill stations were funded through Councilman Eugene's District 40 Participatory Budgeting.
"I am pleased to fund this project because I want residents to feel at home here, and to know that they are a major part of my ongoing commitment to the community," said Eugene. "By adding these stations, we are providing hardworking New Yorkers with a variety of options for nutrition while they are relaxing with their families, as well as contributing to the immense value that is part of the Prospect Park experience."
Prospect Park is getting a slew of recreational upgrades: Just in the beginning of May, the Alliance unveiled an "outdoor gym," a new recreation area located at the Parade Ground, that features 12 types of fitness equipment, accessible to people of all abilities, and announced more projects to be underway through 2021.
The two new areas, which are in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, are intended for small barbecue gatherings of less than 20 people and for communal grilling among park patrons, Prospect Park Alliance stated.