As one of the starlets of our "5 Must-See Places in Park Slope Brooklyn" video, Prospect Park is a Brooklyn treasure.
If you haven't seen the video, please check it out. But before you do, here are 5 interesting facts about this beautiful park spanning across the neighborhoods of Park Slope, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Ditmas Park and Windsor Terrace.
5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT BROOKLYN'S PROSPECT PARK
01. Surprisingly, Only Second Biggest In The Borough
Prospect Park is huge. Spanning 526 acres. But surprisingly, it's not the biggest park in Brooklyn.
That honor goes to Marine Park, which is all of 798 acres!
02. Same Parents as Central Park
The men who designed quite possibly the most famous park on earth -- Central Park -- designed Prospect Park as well.
Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, after completing Manhattan's Central Park, took on this project afterwards.
What a winning streak.
03. Once a Battleground
The park is where the famous 'Battle of Long Island' took place during the revolutionary war where George Washington's army actually took a loss and retreated.
However, the British were fought off enough to where Washington, along with his army, was able to retreat to Manhattan.
04. It Was Almost a Collection of Smaller Parks
There was a significant political battle over the concept of a singular, huge park being built as opposed to a collective of smaller parks scattered throughout the area.
Eventually, the supporters and backers of the single park won (obviously) and the park was built by a state-appointed commission.
05. No Natural Bodies of Water
All the waterways and lakes in Prospect Park are man-made.