I love love love the park that is only a few blocks from my apartment. It's such an oasis in the middle of the city. Here's some info on it:
The famed design team of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux created Prospect Park in the 1860s to serve a rapidly growing urban population. Many consider Prospect Park to be the masterpiece of Olmsted and Vaux, who, as a team and separately, created hundreds of landmark parks across the country, including Central Park in Manhattan and Boston's "Emerald Necklace." Many changes have taken place in Prospect Park since its beginning. The landscape in and around the Park has endured more than a century of change, remaining a crucial resource serving the cultural, recreational and spiritual needs of the public.