Prospect Park Gateway Design Competition

Can you think of a better way to greet visitors to Prospect Park than police barricades?

Call for Entries:

Create a New Gateway to Prospect Park at Third Street
A Design Challenge from the Park Slope Civic Council

The Park Slope Civic Council is sponsoring a design competition for a new Third Street entrance gateway to Prospect Park, to replace the existing New York City standard movable barriers, and it will be a highly visible, significant new architectural element of the Park.

The Park

Prospect Park is a 585-acre urban oasis located in the heart of Brooklyn, New York City’s most populous borough. The masterpiece of famed landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who also designed Central Park, Prospect Park features the 90-acre Long Meadow, the 60-acre Lake and Brooklyn’s only forest.

The nation’s first urban Audubon Center, the Prospect Park Zoo, and the Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival are just a few of the cultural attractions that make their home here at the Park.

The new design will address the following criteria:

•Provide an attractive, contemporary, contextually appropriate, and visually clear entrance gateway, with a sculptural, graphic, and functional contribution to the Park perimeter.
•Enhance the pedestrian and bicycle access, and provide a welcoming symbolic entry gate to Prospect Park
.•Provide bike lane access. There is a new bike lane on Prospect Park West, which ties into the existing bike pathways on the Park Roadway.
•Provide a barrier to automotive traffic (the Third Street entrance roadway is now permanently closed to nonemergency, non-Parks vehicles).
•Provide the ability for one person to open and close the barricades as needed to allow emergency and/or Parks vehicle access 24/7
.•Potential prototype for future use at all Park entrances/exits, creating a uniform appearance and easier maintenance and replacement parts
Click on this to go to this site for all the info:  Prospect Park Gateway Comp.
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  1. This just released!

    Another design for the Gateway (and it doesn’t involve rocks or bolders)! It fulfills all the requirements of the brief including bike lanes and emergency vehicle access.

    “The Prospect”

    It’s scaleable and can be easily deployed for the given budget of $2,000. It’s polished stainless steel to get the mirror finish (which is also graffiti proof).

    check it out and let us know what you think!




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