Parks Commissioner Robert Moses called Prospect Park "the immediate jewel of Brooklyn's crown" in 1966, at the 100th anniversary of the beginning of Prospect Park.
Prospect Park has also been termed "Brooklyn's Backyard."
Olmsted and Vaux designed an elaborate infrastructure for Prospect Park, and construction began on July 1, 1866 under their supervision. The principal features of the design included the Long Meadow, a heavily wooded area they called the Ravine and a 60-acre Lake. Olmsted and Vaux's plan included rolling green meadows, meandering carriage drives with high elevation scenic lookouts, woodland waterfalls and springs, a rich forest complete with maples, magnolia and cherry trees, among others, and exotic plant and tree species from the Far East and Europe. Original Park structures included rustic shelters, arbors, sandstone bridges and arches. A Concert Grove House and Pavilion were built adjacent to the Lake so Park visitors could enjoy music in a pastoral setting, and there was a Wellhouse near Lookout Hill and a Dairy with milking cows. The design team could not keep curious and delighted visitors away, and welcomed them inside long before the Park was complete. When it was finished in 1868, two million people came to enjoy what would become known as "Brooklyn's Jewel."
Prospect Park has been called Brooklyn's jewel and Brooklyn's backyard, illustrating both its natural beauty and its popular appeal. It is a place where people gather, where children experience vast open spaces, and where the rich ethnic culture of the borough is expressed.
4 March 1973, New York Times, "Every Prospect Pleases, and Only Man Is Vile" by Patti Hagan, pg. 587:
Robert Moses proclaimed in 1966, at the Park's 100th Birthday Party: "Prospect Park is the immediate jewel of Brooklyn's crown. Let it shine forever."
27 May 1990, New York Times, pg. E6:
Today's dangling question mark is whether a financially strapped New York can afford what Robert Moses called "the immediate jewel of Brooklyn's crown." But in the sweep of history, Mrs. Thomas sees only a minor interruption in Prospect Park's uphill course.
9 April 1995, New York Times, pg. CY1:
TO BE REVITALIZED
22 October 1999, New York Times, pg. E35:
Prospect Park, the jewel in the crown of Brooklyn, is undergoing a renaissance. A foray through the 526-acre swath of green offers gracefully landscaped paths for the jogger (below), a cosmopolitan mix of visitors and a backyard for neighborhood families.
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