All Cars to Be Banned From Prospect Park For First Time

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People relaxing in Prospect Park.

All vehicles will be banned from Prospect Park for the first time this summer, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday.

The prohibition takes effect next Monday and runs through Sept. 11, the weekend after Labor Day. Currently, the West Drive is closed to all cars while the East Drive is open to northbound traffic during the morning rush-hour.

“From getting married there to being a little-league parent inside Prospect Park, I can attest that it is a cool, even magical refuge this time of year,” said de Blasio, a Democrat up for reelection this year. “As we already saw when we made the Prospect Park West Drive car-free two years ago, a safer and quieter park improves the safety and enjoyment for thousands of park users — and has a negligible effect on traffic outside the park.”