Cars have no place in Brooklyn's crown jewel, Prospect Park. This summer both sides of the park will be car-free, advancing park equity. Parks are for people, and people from all across Brooklyn and beyond will enjoy a safer and greener Prospect Park. Let's make it permanent. Car-free Prospect Park forever!
Prospect Park, the crown jewel of Brooklyn, as designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, was not meant for rush hour cars. It was meant for people.
This year is the 20th anniversary of Rachel G. Fruchter’s death. Dr. Fruchter, a Brooklyn professor and epidemiologist, was killed while riding her bicycle in Prospect Park when a speeding van crashed into her. Dr. Fruchter was a member of the SUNY Health Science Center Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for over 15 years. A respected researcher and tireless advocate, she was committed to increasing access to health care for women, particularly among immigrants in central Brooklyn. It is fitting now to honor her memory by finally making the park permanently car-free.
The east side of the park is not a rush hour short cut. It is the backyard to a vibrant set of communities. Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Flatbush and Crown Heights and Prospect Park South all deserve the same freedom from cars that the west side enjoys.
Let’s extend car-free Prospect Park, on this, Prospect Park's 150th birthday. Make permanent. Prospect Park car-free forever!
This petition is brought to you by Michael Drinkard, Stanley Greenberg, Chenda Fruchter, and Alan Mukamal.