Officials Closing Prospect Park On Friday To Accommodate President Obama
Two U.S. Marine Corps choppers practice landing on baseball fields in Prospect Park on Tuesday in preparation for President Barack Obama's visit to a nearby high school on Friday. The park will be closed on Friday, October 25 from 12 – 6pm due to security associated with the President's visit. (Photos: Tom Prendergast)
Authorities are closing a 585-acre Brooklyn park for six hours on Friday for security associated with President Barack Obama's visit to a nearby high school, according to WNBC.
Obama is visiting the Pathways in Technology Early College High School on Friday that he mentioned in his State of the Union address earlier this year.
The school is about 2 miles away from Prospect Park, where several helicopters landed on a ball field earlier in the week in a security drill.
The park, which has seven playgrounds, horse trails, a zoo, a carousel, a boathouse and 150 acres of woodlands, attracts more than 10 million visitors a year.
It will be closed from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday.
The park was closed for a few days after Hurricane Sandy last year, but the city could not immediately say whether it had ever been shut down for an event unrelated to weather.
In his yearly address, the president praised the school, also known as P-Tech, as a model for preparing students for the 21st century economy,the school's website says.