Hurricane Sandy’s damaged can be seen all throughout the five boroughs—flooded homes, fires, the subway shutdown, lack of electricity, gas and food supply.
The strong winds also unleashed its wrath in Prospect Park. According to the Prospect Park Alliance, more than 300 trees fell down or were severely damaged throughout the park’s 585 acres in the wake of the hurricane. Fences, lighting and playgrounds were also damaged from the 70-mph gusts and falling trees.
On Saturday, Nov. 3, the Prospect Park 5K Walk-a-Thon will be held around the park’s loop starting at 9 a.m. As of Friday afternoon, people have already raised $35,728.
All funds raised from the Walk-a-Thon will be dedicated toward the repair and restoration of the park. The PPA said that it will take months to remove and repair all of the damage done by Hurricane Sandy.
Alliance and Parks Department staff and financial resources will be diverted to the recovery effort, and their ability to continue recovery efforts, routine operations and park maintenance will require additional help from current and new supporters.
So, if you are interested in helping the park get back to its glory, one of the most immediate ways you can help is to lace up your sneakers and join the third annual Walk-a-Thon.
This year, you can either walk or run the Park’s 5K loop while the PPA is teaming up with NYC Runs to add a race around the loop.
Information for Saturday’s Walk-a-Thon:
- If you want to run check-in is at 8 a.m. The run starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 10 a.m.
- If you are going to walk, check-in is at 9 a.m. The walk starts at 10 a.m. and goes through 12 p.m.
- Enter at Prospect Park at 15th Street and Prospect Park West(the Bartel Pritchard entrance). To see a map of the route, click here: Walk / Run.
- Advanced Registration: The walk for adults is $10, $5 for children under 12. The run is $25. Day-of Registration for the walk is $20 for adults, $10 for children under 12 years of age. The run is $30 for the day-of.
The Walk-a-Thon is open to all ages and abilities. The prize for the top individual fundraiser is a $100 Modell’s gift card, thetop family fundraiser will get a $40 Modell’s gift card and thetop team (of ten or fewer) will get a $20 Modell’s gift card for each team member.