Monday, December 17, 2007
Winter Walk to Audubon Center, Prospect Park
This week is a winter walk to the Audubon Center in Prospect Park and it's environs. The Audubon Center was originally built as a boathouse in 1905 that fell into disrepair but was restored and reopened on April 26, 2002, the birthdate of both John James Audubon and Frederick Law Olmsted (Prospect Park was designed by Olmstead and Vaux who said -- paraphrasing here -- Central Park was a trial run for Prospect Park, for all you keeping track of the Manhattan v. Brooklyn discussion!). Its design was inspired by the lower story of Sansovino's Library of St. Mark, built in 16th-century Venice.
It is my favorite part of Prospect Park, mostly for the fact that (as most people reading this blog will know) M. and I were married here a few years ago, but also because they offer nature classes, programs for kids and launch electric boatrides through the Prospect Park lake from here during warm weather.
You can find out more about the Audubon Center here -- www.prospectparkaudubon.org.