The Upper West Side’s Councilwoman Gail Brewer introduced a bill to the City Council yesterday that would make Prospect Park and Central Park completely car-free. The Park Slope Patch reports that many people living near Prospect Park are in favor of the proposal (well, yeah), but officials are worried about the effects car-free parks might have on traffic in surrounding neighborhoods.
Brewer’s proposal would still allow cars into Prospect Park at Ocean Avenue to get to the Wollman Rink parking lot, and onto the five major East-West arteries through Central Park. A similar bill was introduced in 2006, but compromises were reached allowing cars into both parks during rush hour periods. While Prospect Park’s Community Board 6 supports the proposal, Community Boards 14 and 7 in Windsor Terrace and Ditmas Park worry what effect Prospect Park’s permanent closure to cars might have on traffic in their neighborhoods. Most officials offered cautious support to the proposal, pending more traffic studies.
Meanwhile, Central Park motorists had this to say: