Already tagged. During the project, architect Alden Maddry suspected that portions of the original reservoir wall might still exist. While this is the first such system in a New York City park, the Bronx Zoo and Queens Botanical Garden have similar systems. [Photos by Susan De Vries unless noted otherwise]. Prospect Park Wellhouse . "After nearly a century, Prospect Park Alliance has restored a piece of Park history to public use," Sue Donoghue, the president of the Prospect Park Alliance, said in a statement. The colors were chosen based on looking at popular color combinations of the time period and buildings of a similar vintage. Overview map of Prospect Park, a 585-acre city park located in the heart of Brooklyn. Accessibility Help. The renovated Wellhouse, near the Vanderbilt Street park entrance. Yesterday, the city’s first public composting toilets opened in the historic Prospect Park Wellhouse after a $2.34 million renovation. Prospect Park Alliance Architect Alden Maddry accepts Lucy G. Moses Award for the Wellhouse, c. The New York Landmarks Conservancy. Prospect Park Wellhouse April 15th, 2012. This year, the park has played an essential role as one of the few spaces where we can come together in moments of upheaval, solace and celebration. Built in 1869, the structure originally housed the mechanical equipment that helped pump water into the park’s water systems. Almost exactly a year ago the Prospect Park Alliance celebrated the restoration of the Calvert Vaux-designed 1869 Wellhouse and its opening as the first composting public restroom in a New York City Park.. Right now and through December 31, a few dedicated supporters will match your donation dollar-for-dollar. Water collected from the sinks or drains in the toilet will be used to irrigate parts of the park, which will end up saving 250,000 gallons of water each year, according to the Alliance. Seeing the inner workings of the system required heading down the narrow, stone staircase — a surviving element from 1869. The decorative detail on the outside yields to a spartan space on the interior. The project was spearheaded by the non-profit organization that manages the park (with the city), the Prospect Park Alliance, and the organization received funds for reconstruction from the New York City Council. IF YOU WERE REGISTERED, BUT DID NOT RECEIVE AN EMAIL , PLEASE EMAIL THETEAM@NYCRUNS.COM THE EVENT. Cutting the ribbon: Brooklyn Parks Commissioner Marty Maher, NYC Council Member Brad Lander, Prospect Park Alliance Senior Architect Alden Maddry, Prospect Park Alliance VP Capital Christian Zimmerman, Prospect Park Alliance President Sue Donoghue, NYC Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia and NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver. Explore the restored watercourse as well as the 1869 Wellhouse, once the world's largest well, now home to the first composting toilets in a NYC public park. Designated an Important Bird Area in New York State by National Audubon, it supports a wide variety of habitats attracting nearly 270 bird species annually, … The women’s room was crowded Monday as reporters and photographers pressed into the space for the official tour and demonstration of the flushing of the toilet. Designed by Calvert Vaux in 1869 and located on the edge of the lake, the Wellhouse was once part of an elaborate pumping system that kept water flowing in the park’s man-made waterways. Email or Phone: Password: Forgot account? One of the oldest structures in Prospect Park has been transformed into the city’s first composting restroom in a public park. All of the ponds, streams, and lakes of Prospect Park are connected in one continuous watercourse that was entirely engineered for the park. Website +1 718-965-8951. This exciting event is a celebration of all things Brooklyn, as well as team-building, civic and athletic camaraderie. Its blue, green, red and yellow colors and stripes are typical of the time period and historically correct. Subscribe to Brownstoner’s newsletter and stay up to date with more great news and articles like this one. NYC parks foresee financial losses at a time when we need them the most, The best Zoom backgrounds for New York City fanatics, How to tour NYC museums, parks, and cultural institutions from your own home, NYC dog runs shutter due to coronavirus pandemic, New York City finally closes playgrounds due to coronavirus pandemic, 7 scenic NYC-area hikes you can get to using public transit. Prospect Park Hospital is our main site for people in Berkshire with mental health conditions. ‘Tis the season New Yorkers unfurl their wallets in the spirit of giving—be it to donate or buy gifts for their loved ones—and while they may be sure-footed in that spending, they stumble when it comes to how much to tip the building staff. Location. Already tagged. These types of toilets use 97 percent less water than traditional toilets and convert waste into compost, instead of sending it into the city’s sewer systems. This facility now joins some of the nicest public restrooms in the city. Yesterday, the Prospect Park Alliance cut the ribbon on the the first composting bathroom in a public park in New York City. Already tagged. The Wellhouse, which is the last surviving building at Prospect Park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, recently underwent a $2.34 million conversion into a comfort station. Prospect Park Wellhouse Drive Brooklyn, NY 5K. When the Park was connected to the city’s water systems in the 1900s, this particular structure fell into disuse. The Wellhouse is just the latest of Prospect Park Alliance's acclaimed restoration projects in the Park, from the historic Prospect Park Carousel, Boathouse and Bailey Fountain at Grand Army Plaza. The pump was housed in a circular reservoir which sat underground directly in front of the Wellhouse. or. Taken at Prospect Park. What is a composting comfort station exactly? Already tagged. The hospital provides a number of admission wards, a therapeutic day service, a specialist unit for people with learning disabilities, specialist wards for older people, and both high dependency and rehabilitation wards. The only information about the original portico was what could be gleaned from black and white photos and lithographs. Prospect Park New York City Subway 3 min. Already tagged. With funding from the New York City Council, the Alliance used this project as an opportunity to demonstrate sustainable practices. This lower level made the Wellhouse a good candidate for a self-sustaining toilet composting system, the first in a city park. Brick and rubble stone walls and archways from the original construction are still visible in the space. Although still standing, it had lost its wooden portico, and the roof was beyond repair. Designed by Designed by Prospect Park Map See map details From prospectpark.org Created 8/10/2006 Originally the steps would have led to a tunnel and then an iron staircase down to the reservoir. Public. Facebook. 2. Image via Prospect Park Alliance/Bob Levine Collection. One of the oldest structures in Prospect Park has been transformed into the city’s first composting restroom in a public park. We have a number of inpatient wards, including a specialist dementia ward, and a specialist unit for people with learning disabilities. What role do movies play in helping us understand a version of New York that is no longer with us? How Litchfield Villa, the Picturesque Mansion of Prospect Park, Came to Be (Photos). When Brooklyn became part of New York City in 1898, it gained access to the city's water supply system, and the well and reservoir were no longer needed. Prospect Park is a marvel of engineering, with a man-made watercourse weaving through forests and meadows to a 60-acre lake. Prospect Park Brooklyn - still the best kept secret in New York City. Log In. When the park was connected to the city water system in the early 20th century, the Wellhouse was no longer needed. The chamber holds three tanks, filled by the plumbing fixtures above. Create New Account. One of Prospect Park’s oldest structures, the Wellhouse, has been restored and is now open to the public. The newly restored wooden portico — missing for decades — now sports a playful and colorful facade. UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO THE ONGOING COVID-19 CRISIS, WE HAVE HAD TO RESCHEDULE THIS EVENT. Prospect Park is now home to the city's first public composting comfort station, inside the former Wellhouse building. or. Follow Brownstoner on Twitter and Instagram, and like us on Facebook. Related Pages. Despite being the only remaining Prospect Park building designed by Calvert Vaux, the Wellhouse was serving as a storehouse and had been closed to public use for 80 years. Kidding Around in the Prospect Park Playgrounds (Photos). The Wellhouse, completed in 1869, is the only building created by the park’s original designers—Olmsted and Vaux—still standing in Prospect Park. It’s a subtle new addition to Prospect Park, but it’s got a bit of history to tell. See more of XBR Inc. on Facebook. Prospect Park is an urban park in Brooklyn, New York City. The Wellhouse, which is … At the façade, roof finials and wooden windows were custom-made to match the originals. Sign Up. It once housed engines and machinery that pumped 750,000 gallons of water a day into a reservoir that fed the park’s gullies, springs and lakes. The system uses foam and just three ounces of water, vs. more than a gallon for a normal toilet. Press alt + / to open this menu. Built in 1869, the Wellhouse is the last remaining building designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY. One of Prospect Park’s oldest structures, the Wellhouse, has been restored and is now open to the public. “I’ve never seen so many press people in a restroom before,” quipped NYC Council Member Brad Lander, but otherwise the toilet jokes were mercifully sparse. Built in 1869, this building sits beside a well that once pumped about 750,000 gallons of water per day into a nearby reservoir, which in turn fed the park's artificial watercourse (all the bodies of water in Prospect Park are man-made). No extant historic fabric meant no evidence of the original paint scheme. 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