The chairs, that is.
This summer, in one of the park’s largest art installations yet, Prospect Park has teamed up with Paul Smith’s College to place 23 Adirondack chairs in strategic positions around the scenic outdoors space. The project is aptly called “Park It.”
“The Prospect Park design is steeped in the landscape of the Adirondacks,” said Sue Donoghue, president of the Prospect Park Alliance, a nonprofit organization that operates the park in partnership with the city. “This is really a chance for the public to enjoy the Park as designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux envisioned.
Prospect Park was intended as a series of carefully designed landscapes that work in harmony to recreate the serenity of the countryside in the heart of Brooklyn.”
Prospect Park is a 585 acre park located across the street from Greenwood Cemetery in downtown Brooklyn. With plenty of walking and bike trails, a pond, skating rink, zoo, a waterfall, ballfields, and even the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens to boast of, Prospect Park truly has it all. You’d never guess that it lived in New York City. And now, it even has Adirondack Chairs.
Hand crafted by artisans from Paul Smith’s College (located in the heart of the Adirondacks), the colorful comfy chairs were placed in Prospect Park at the end of July and will remain there through the end of August. Seat locations include the LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Nellie’s Lawn, Grand Army Plaza, and the Rose Garden. For the map of chair locations, check out the park’s website.
Prospect Park was designed by famed Central Park creator Frederick Law Olmsted in the late 19th century, based in part on the natural beauty found in the Adirondacks. It was hailed at the time by James T. Stranahan, a leader of the Brooklyn Parks Commissioners, as a park that
“would become a favorite resort for all classes of our community, enabling thousands to enjoy pure air, with healthful exercise, at all seasons of the year…”
Indeed, after its opening in 1867, the park was a grand success, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Today, the scenic park attracts over 2 million visitors per year.
Park administrators today hope that visitors get the same enjoyment out of the park today that visitors when it first opened almost 150 years ago. The placement of the Adirondack chairs gives visitors optimal viewing pleasure, placed in some of the most idyllic and iconic spots in the park. Visitors are encouraged to interact with the chairs and the park on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #ProspectParkIt – tag your photos and you will be entered to win an Adirondack chair of your very own! Two of the chairs crafted by Paul Smith’s College will be raffled off at random at the close of the contest on August 31. So get posting!