This family Shangri-La's bad reputation is merely a conspiracy to keep the crowds at bay.
Wed Sep 24 2008
What local families do
They hang out in Prospect Park, of course. Slopers are fanatical about their 585 acres of green playland, and every parent has a favorite corner of the Frederick Law Olmsted–designed grounds. “We love the Third Street Playground the best because it’s more secluded and less crowded,” says Jessie Randall, a mom of twin boys who also takes early-morning family walks in the Long Meadow, where the dog can run off-leash before 9am. Parents of the barely walking head to the Garfield Tot Lot for the pint-sized equipment, and older kids prefer banging on the giant xylophone at Harmony Playground. The Carousel (open April through October) and the zoo are popular attractions, but it’s the grass, birds, trees and lake that draw most families. “I love knowing that my girls can have a daily break from being city kids,” says Park Sloper Lise Engber.