Booze-free fun: Prospect Park Parade Ground dubuts new ‘adult-recreation area’

Fitness fun: Councilman Mathieu Eugene works his biceps to celebrate the new adult-recreation area opening in Prospect Park on May 3.
Photo by Trey Pentecost

City Parks honchos and elected officials celebrated the grand opening of a so-called “adult-recreation area” at Prospect Park Parade Ground on May 3.

The new amenity, which provides a suite of alfresco fitness gadgets to the southernmost reach of Brooklyn’s Backyard, does not feature a bar, cocktail hour, or professional dancers, and a spokeswoman for the Prospect Park Alliance confirmed the city will not be checking IDs.

“There won’t be anyone standing there,” said Prospect Park Alliance spokeswoman Lucy Gardner.

The $750,000 booze-free fun zone includes a dozen varieties of fitness equipment, including pull-up bars, peck decks, and concrete step ups, along with an open area for group workout classes. Health nuts under the age of 12, however, will not be permitted to use the workout gear, according to Gardner.

The official grand opening of the outdoor fitness facility accompanies the debut of a new misting line — the first in the city — which are set on timers to radiate brisk mists of water vapor, cooling the faux grass of nearby turf fields during the dog days of summer.

Other add-ons include some maintenance work to fix drainage problems at Baseball Field 7 and the reconstruction of a volleyball court, in addition to some landscaping work and new seats.

The lion’s share of funding for the project came by way of Councilman Mathieu Eugene, who hopes the facility will promote good health amongst his constituents.

“This section of Prospect Park is so important for this neighborhood,” said Eugene. “It allows our residents to engage in outdoor activities that are beneficial to the health and wellbeing of the community.”

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.

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