March/April 1998, p.6

Auto-Free Prospect Park Is Red Hot

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West Brooklyn's weekly newspapers are abuzz about cars in Prospect Park. Since the DOT released its Prospect Park traffic study late last year, the push for more car-free hours has picked up speed, and a major decision seems near. Still silent are neighborhood city councilmembers, especially Steve DiBrienza, whose district encompasses the park.

So far, two competing plans have been put forth. Prospect Park Administrator Tupper Thomas has proposed limiting cars to two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening on weekdays, abandoning her earlier claim that cars make the park safer during off-peak periods. T.A. supports a completely car-free park, which ideally would be tested during a three-month trial period this summer. Write or call your councilperson to support the car-free experiment.

Recently added stencils in Prospect Park illustrate the narrow space allocated to recreational users along Park Drive.