October/November 1999, p.15

Weekday Car-Free Park Hours End in Prospect & Central Parks

Unfortunately, November also marks the month when Central Park and Prospect Park lose their weekday car-free hours. In Central Park, there are no weekday car-free hours from the Monday after Thanksgiving until Jan. 1. After the first of the year, weekday car-free hours are 10am-3pm and 7pm-10pm. In Prospect Park, there are no weekday car-free hours from Nov. 1 until April 1. After April 1, weekday car-free hours are from 9am-5pm and 7pm-10pm. Both parks are closed to cars on weekends and holidays.

It's time to end these seasonal restrictions. Weekday users of the parks tend to be year-round users, and it is pointless to have car-free hours at some times of the year, but not at others. This summer, thanks to T.A.'s Brooklyn Committee, car-free hours were extended in Prospect Park, with no ill effects. At the minimum, Central Park should get the same weekday summer hours as Prospect Park, and these hours should be instituted year-round. And T.A.'s Car-Free Central Park and Prospect Park campaigns are still continuing the long fight to make both parks car-free all of the time.

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