Must-See Prospect Park
by Heather Liang, 10/02/2013
Prospect Park Tennis Center. Courtesy, Prospect Park Alliance
Those looking for more than just your average basketball courts, running paths and baseball fields will be pleased to learn that Prospect Park has many other options for the sports enthusiast. The Prospect Park Tennis Center is a place for all skill levels—from beginner to expert—and affords tennis buffs the ability to rent a court, take tennis lessons and attend classes for groups or individuals, children and adults. The Tennis Center is located at the Parade Ground, a 40-acre site that comprises sports fields servicing local schools, leagues and clubs. The Parade Ground holds a lot of history, created first as a place for military drills and exercises and later becoming an integral part of the careers of such Major League Baseball legends as Sandy Koufax, Joe Torre and Joe Pepitone. Something you'd probably never expect to find in New York City is a place to ride horses, but Prospect Park gives that option, too. Kensington Stables, just outside the park across from the Parade Ground, offers lessons and trail rides within the park boundaries. Again, all skill levels are welcome. The stables are also popular for pony rides and kids' parties. In addition to all of these specialized features, the park has basketball courts, running paths, bicycling paths, soccer fields, picnic areas, places for fishing and much more.