Prospect Park in Brooklyn will be permanently car-free - ABC7 NY

PROSPECT PARK, Brooklyn (WABC) -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday that Prospect Park in Brooklyn will be permanently car-free.

The ban of cars on the park's entire loop drive, east and west, comes after the park went entirely car-free from July through September.

The change will go into effect January 2, 2018.

"Prospect Park is Brooklyn's backyard. I married Chirlane here. This is where my kids played little league," said the mayor. "And I have always wanted it to be the safe, quiet refuge for Brooklyn's families that it was intended to be. Restoring Prospect Park as a car-free oasis will improve the lives of the millions who use this park today and of generations to come.".

Advocates, including bicyclists, had said the city should ban cars completely from the park, all year long.

According to city statistics, Prospect Park sees on average between 8 and 10 million visitors a year, making it one of the busiest sites in Brooklyn.

Prospect Park's West Drive was made permanently car-free two years ago, while its eastern route has remained open on weekdays.

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