I started a Park Slope dog walking company most of all because I love dogs, but I also love being outside. I love to camp, hike, and enjoy the beauties of nature. And there is no finer example of the beauties of nature in New York City than Prospect Park in the springtime. I consider myself very lucky that I get to be in and around Prospect Park, daily, as part of my job.
And that’s why it’s reason #41 of why I love being a Park Slope dog walker.
It’s spring, everybody! Let’s all just stop for a second and take a deep, deep breath.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhh—isn’t that better?
Now, let’s count a few reasons why spring in Prospect Park is so magical:
Red Maple Trees Are in Bloom
While many trees wait until fall to become colorful, the Red Maple is always red, which adds vibrancy and personality to the park. Also, you would think that because the Red Maple is so pretty that it would be planted in Prospect Park like the Japanese Pagodatree, but no. The Red Maple is native to this region and has called Brooklyn home even before the Dutch arrived.
Cherry Blossoms at the Botanical Garden
These are not native, but nonetheless, they are stunning. I obviously do not take the dogs to Botanical Garden, but I always make it a point to head out there on my bike after work at least a couple times every spring. Foe example, Sakura Matsuri, the traditional Japanese celebration of the cherry blossom season, which is from April 29 – 3o, is always breathtaking. Cherry Blossoms remind us of our connection to nature and how we are all human amidst our cultural differences. The Cherry Blossoms first came to the US in 1912 as a gift from Tokyo mayor Yukio Ozaki to the city of Washington, D.C.
Playing in the Long Meadow
Nothing beats the serenity of the Long Meadow in the afternoon with blue skies and white clouds above. There’s children playing, young people kicking soccer balls around, tossing Frisbees, people of all ages practicing yoga and Tai-Chi. The Long Meadow is for everyone, and is a true representation of Brooklyn as a melting pot. And guess who else is a part of that melting pot? The friendly and adorable dogs of Park Slope. They love everyone and everything.
Off Leash Dog Hours in Prospect Park
Prospect Park is very dog friendly. They have off-leash hours from 5 am–9 am and 9 pm – 1 am at the Long Meadow. Organizations like Fido Brooklyn organize events for dog owners, so they can meet, socialize, and make friends. There are so many reasons why Prospect Park is magical, but it is especially great in the springtime.
What do you love most about Prospect Park in the springtime? Leave a message in the comment box below and let us know what we’re missing!