Virtual Prospect Park Launches to Help Brooklynites Adhere to Social Distancing

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    While you can still appreciate the beauty of the park for brief respites of fresh air with appropriate social distancing, the Prospect Park Alliance is encouraging visitors to head online to explore the green space with a new resource.

    Virtual Prospect Park includes resources from educators, historians, gardeners and others to allow a look into Brooklyn’s backyard while following the directive to stay indoors as much as possible during the crisis.

    You can find out how many species call the green space their home, read all about the scandalous first wedding in the park and find out what movies have been shot there and should be on your streaming list. More resources will be added as educators rework their planned spring public programs into virtual programs.

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    The 9th Street Playground in 1941. Photo via New York City Department of Parks Photo Archives

    Touring partner Turnstile Tours is also contributing some online programming. Next up is a look at the history of sports and recreation in the park. You can join the virtual session at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 29. Visit the Prospect Park Alliance website for details on that program or the Turnstile Tours website for information on all of their virtual tour offerings. Some of the 30- to 45-minute video sessions are $5 and some are free.

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