Troy's Prospect Park


You're never too old to play in the park.

By Heather Lumb

Here's to feeling like a kid again on merry-go-rounds, swings and slides, and then having a grown-up picnic underneath a lazy tree (bring Kool-Aid and leave the wine at home). If it's still not worth playing hooky for, maybe the view--watching everyone hustle about their normal harried lives--might sway you to freedom.

prospect park viewYou can't technically get any cheaper than free, so Prospect Park in Troy (it's what lies behind the ominous white stone TROY up on the South Troy hill) is way up there on our list of cheap fun.

Besides 14 tennis courts and two basketball courts, there's a spray pool and you're almost always guaranteed an available swing. Hidden trails and acres of free grass for Fido and miles of pretty panoramic view for you. Ahhh... this is the sweet space of summer.

Find It

Prospect Park
Congress Street and Prospect Park Road
Troy, NY 12180


I absolutely love this park and I must go again! Kudos to doing a blog on it :)

Deeeefinitely. The sunsets here are superb. I've missed it, and I shall go this weekend!

I'm not too keen on Prospect Park. I fell on the tennis courts there last summer and broke my wrist. I'm not impressed with the way the courts seem to be neglected. The rest rooms are not in terrific shape, either. As a frequent tennis player, I am most partial to Central Park in Schenectady. The sunsets at Prospect Park may be superb, but I cringe every time I have to play tennis there for United States Tennis Association matches.

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