Summer Starts on Tuesday, January 21!
Councilmembers and Community Gather to Toast the Start of Car-Free Summer Hours in Prospect Park and Continue the Push for a Three Month Car-Free Trial
hMembers of Transportation Alternatives will join Councilmember David Yassky and other members of the Prospect Park City Council Delegation to toast the beginning of Car-Free "Summer Hours" in Prospect Park on Tuesday, January 21 at 1:30 pm at the Grand Army Plaza Entrance of Prospect Park. The Prospect Park City Council Delegation consists of Councilmembers Bill DeBlasio, David Yassky, James Davis, Yvette Clarke and Sara Gonzalez.
In a significant victory for park users and the diverse communities all around Prospect Park, the Department of Transportation recently announced that starting Tuesday, January 21, Prospect Park will be car-free on weekdays at all times except from 7 am to 9 am and 4 pm to 7 pm. This decision represents a net gain of the equivalent in hours of more than 100 car-free days per year in Prospect Park.
At the event, Transportation Alternatives members will thank DOT Commissioner Iris Weinshall for making her decision to limit car-free hours. TA will also, for the first time, publicly release a letter written and signed by all five Councilmembers whose districts touch Prospect Park. The letter strongly urges DOT to conduct a three month trial car ban in Prospect Park from Memorial Day to Labor Day, 2003.
The Car-Free Prospect Park campaign began a dozen years ago and has grown stronger year after year. Last year, community members gathered 10,000 signatures in support of a three month car-free trial. More than 600 people appeared at a town hall meeting with a dozen local political leaders in support of the three month trial ban. A full history of the campaign can be found on the TA web site: http://www.transalt.org/campaigns/brooklyn/prospark.html.
The Prospect Park Council
Delegation letter can be found here: