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Check out Bas Rutten's Liver Shot on MMA Surge: Mahalo travel expert Asha K. tells you all about Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York. Overview --------------------------------------------------------------------- Prospect Park spans 585 acres at the center of Brooklyn,?New York. It is located in the middle of Prospect Park Southwest, Parkside Avenue, Ocean Avenue, Flatbush Avenue and Prospect Park West. It was designed by landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the same creators of Central Park. Within you will find the 90-acre Long Meadow, 60-acre Lake, Brooklyn's only forest, the nation's first urban-area Audubon Center, Prospect Park Zoo and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Best of all, most attractions are either cheap or free. Over eight million visitors every year come to take a horseback ride, stroll through the meadow or take their dogs to play on the dog beach. Bring your glove as Prospect is home to seven baseball fields, two of which are major league-sized fields, serving all age groups and levels. Long Meadow --------------------------------------------------------------------- Stretching one mile in length from the Grand Army Plaza to Prospect Park Southwest, Long Meadow is the longest stretch of unbroken meadow in any park in the United States. The space hosts summer concerts by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra annually in the Bandshell. There are also seven baseball fields to the south, the Picnic House with restrooms and picnic tables, and the Ravine. A steep narrow gorge lined with trees and foliage, the Ravine has been under restoration since 1996. Lake, Forest and Audubon Center --------------------------------------------------------------------- The Park's man-made watercourse includes multiple bodies of water connected through a system of pools, streams and waterfalls, ending in the 60-acre Lake. The Lake is the only freshwater lake in all of Brooklyn. The forest is made up of over 30,000 trees across 250 acres. Eleven thousand of these trees are landscape trees along the paths and perimeters, while the rest are woodland trees in the Park's natural areas. Oaks and Hickory historically made up this forest; they are now accompanied by black cherry, sweetgum, tulip, white and green ash, sugar and red maple, and American elm species. The Prospect Park Audubon Center at the Boathouse does not charge admission. It includes the Park's Visitor Center, information desk, cafe and interactive exhibits. On the second floor you will find the Con Edison Discover Nature Theatre and the Verizon Learning Lab where you can see live animals. Climb into a human-sized bird's nest and explore the lives in insects downstairs. Hours are subject to change depending on the season, so be sure to check the website before you make the trip. Prospect Park Zoo --------------------------------------------------------------------- Four hundred animals encompassing over 80 species call the Prospect Park Zoo home, including the cotton-topped tamarin, the hamadryas baboon, the red panda, plus a wide variety of birds, reptiles and amphibians. Each species lives in an environment that mirrors their natural habitat. In the "World of Animals" exhibit, children are given the chance to meet prairie dogs and wallabies face-to-face. Located at the northeast end of Prospect Park is the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Founded in 1910, the Garden began with 39 acres to its name. The Native Flora Garden was laid in 1911 and a Children's Garden program began three years later. Landscape architect Takeo Shiota created the three-acre Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden in 1915 and the Rock Garden was constructed the following year. The Cherry Walk was planted in 1921 and the Shakespeare Garden opened in 1925, the same year 32 bonsai trees were interred. The Cranford Rose Garden opened in 1928 with over 5,000 bushes containing 1,400 species of roses. The first garden designed for the visually impaired, the Alice Recknagel Ireys Fragrance Garden, was created in 1955 with four sections: plants to touch, plants with scented leaves, plants with fragrant flowers and kitchen herbs. In 1977, Brooklyn Botanic Garden received the plant patent for the first yellow magnolia, developed in the Garden itself. To date, there are over 200 cherry trees encompassing 42 Asian species in the Garden. The Shakespeare Garden contains over 80 plants mentioned in the writer's plays and poems. Now, the Garden also consists of the Steinhardt Conservancy, completed in... Read more by visiting our page at:
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