The majority of Prospect Park’s educational programs will be slashed because of budget cuts, the Prospect Heights Patch reports. Over the coming school year, school programs at the Lefferts House and the Audubon Center will be suspended, and many educational and part-time staffers at those locations will be laid off. Adults wishing to visit the Lefferts House will now have to pay a “modest admission charge”.
Children learn things in the park from things they can’t experience anywhere else, the Windsor Terrace blog explains. “I’m guessing that all the local schools will all be affected by this,” a local PTA president told Patch.
Also on the chopping block is Macy’s annual fishing competition, which last year drew 3,500 people, the Brooklyn Paper reports. Many of its readers (the “goose” crowd) wish the contest good riddance, and are incensed that the paper would write sentimentally about it. Writes one:
I am shocked that the Brooklyn Paper, which normally has a good reputation for being pro-wildlife, would publish an article that promotes cruelty to wildlife. Fishing is not only torture for the fish, but it is harmful and often deadly to waterfowl and turtles who become entangled (and sometimes strangled) in line left behind (in spite of the fact that FIDO has provided receptacles for the safe disposal of fishing paraphernalia), and impaled by illegal barbed hooks used by MANY fisherman.
“Although one can realistically expect that at least some percentage of cows and pigs are slaughtered with speed and care, no fish gets a good death,” Jonathan Safran Foer writes in Eating Animals. “Not a single one. You never have to wonder if the fish on your plate had to suffer. It did.”
Prospect Park still has the money, it should be noted, to hire dogs to chase geese.