- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - To celebrate next year’s 150th anniversary of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, the nonprofit responsible for operating the 585-acre public space hopes to renovate two long-neglected areas.

The New York Times reports (https://nyti.ms/1N9hlgW ) the Prospect Park Alliance is planning a capital campaign to finance improvements to the park’s Rose Garden and the Vale of Cashmere, a reflecting pool that has fallen into disrepair.

The vale’s pool is now filled with weeds and storm water. The Rose Garden is no longer filled with roses.

Both locations fall within Prospect Park’s northeast corner, an area notorious for drug transactions and sexual activity. Park officials say the location has gained the reputation of a cruising area.

The Prospect Park Alliance says they will solicit public ideas for what to make of the former Rose Garden.

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