I love Prospect Park, you love Prospect Park. Never heard of Prospect Park? Ah, you’re gonna love it, too. Located in the heart of Brooklyn, New York, the 585 acre park draws 8-10 million visitors annually, yet forever remains in the shadow of fellow Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux designed Central Park. Some bike, some stroll, but most pull up with a blanket, crack open a refreshing beverage, and kick back with their crew for hours among 30,000 trees of more than 175 species.
Lots of visitors mean lots of wear and tear on the beloved outer borough park, however, and that’s where Prospect Park Alliance comes in. A nonprofit dedicated to the care and upkeep of the park, which exists on Munsee Lenape and Canarsie native land, they most recently partnered with Parks Project on the release of a playful, colorful collection highlighting the urban oasis. Sales from which benefi the nonprofit directly.
With this, Parks Project, an outdoor lifestyle apparel company known for its vintage-inspired, lighthearted gear spotlighting National Parks is shifting focus to public land a little closer to home. The Prospect Park collection highlights the importance of city parks, encouraging outdoor lovers and city-dwellers alike to support and celebrate accessible nature centers in urban spaces.
Among cheerful accessories like a “litter patrol” coffee mug and an earthy “grandpa hat,” the capsule features a summery Open Daily Hoodie ($78) and vintage-fit Nature Club Pocket Tee($38) depicting perhaps the most iconic park-goer of all time—the duck. With bold text and calming colorways, each just begs to be worn to rags.
Rounding out the collection is the confetti-cake speckled Nature Club Frisbee. Made of recycled, food-grade polyethylene, the classic park accessory sells for an approachable $15.
Here to assert that urban parks deserve as much care and celebration as national parks, (as city-dwellers ourselves, we can attest), the collection is sure to boost your mood, whether you’re wearing it out-of-state or sprawled out on a blanket under the hot sun in, well, Prospect Park, of course.