Fort Greene Park, like its larger sister Prospect Park, was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Originally Fort Putnam, a Revolutionary War site, it now has running trails, tennis courts, two playgrounds, rolling hills, and winding paths.
At the center of the park stands the Prison Ship Martyr’s Monument, a monument to those who died on British prison ships during the Revolutionary War. The monument was completed in 1908 by McKim, Mead, and White and includes a freestanding 149 foot Doric column and a 100-step staircase.
Fort Greene Park has a visitor center staffed by a full-time ranger, and has displays of Revolutionary War memorabilia and historical and botanical information about the park.
The first park in Brooklyn, Commodore Barry Park (formerly City Park), is located just a couple of blocks away. It has playgrounds and fields for football, basketball, and baseball. Brooklyn Bridge Park and Cadman Plaza Park are a slightly longer walk.
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