• Petitioning Brad Lander

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New York City Councilmember
Brad Lander
Mayor of New York City
Bill de Blasio
Brooklyn Borough President
Eric L. Adams


    1. Petition by

      Daz Ryan

It is illegal to light a cigarette in any NYC public park, but the Prospect Park Alliance and the NYC Parks Department permit and encourage charcoal barbecuing in Prospect Park even though smoke from charcoal grills contains numerous carcinogens and is much more toxic than cigarette smoke. 

The primary issue here is the HEALTH RISK for all park users and residents of the surrounding communities.  Charcoal smoke is so toxic that Canadian federal law requires that every bag of charcoal contain the statement:  “WARNING:  Toxic fumes may occur and cause death if the charcoal is burned without adequate ventilation.”  The Park’s current policy basically corrals dozens of barbecues and a large number of people into small designated areas.  There is no limit to the number of barbecues.  Such a policy effectively does not provide adequate ventilation and endangers the health of those living, walking, playing and sitting nearby as well as to the barbecuers themselves!  

Data available on the website shows that the population of Brooklyn and all of NYC has increased over the past 10 years.  The number of park users and barbecues has also significantly increased.  What may have been good policy in the past may no longer be good policy today or for the future.

There is just TOO MUCH SMOKE!

Many of the “designated sections” where barbecuing is currently permitted are nearby to:

  1. residential areas, where homes become full of smoke
  2. the ball field, where children play baseball and soccer,
  3. the 11th St and Prospect Park Southwest playgrounds, and
  4. the parkside, park entrances and the park drive where hundreds if not thousands of people walk, jog and bike. 

 Please help get a conversation going between our community representatives, the NYC Parks Department, and the Prospect Park Alliance to consider making changes to the current barbecue policy.  Proposed changes could include moving designated areas away from residential areas, away from the parkside and away from the ball field and playgrounds, or even perhaps banning barbecuing entirely!  (For example, Central Park in Manhattan does not permit any barbecues.)  Note that the leadership of the Prospect Park Alliance will soon change, giving us a new opportunity to be heard.

If you want the current policy to change let your civic leaders know by:

Signing this petition


Directly contact our Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams at:

Eric L Adams,  Brooklyn Borough President

209 Joralemon Street

Brooklyn, NY  11201

(718) 802-3700



Brad Lander, New York City Councilmember
Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City
Eric L. Adams, Brooklyn Borough President
Please coordinate a solution to the toxic charcoal smoke rising from Prospect Park into playgrounds, nearby homes and public walkways.

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. Report illegal barbecuing.

      Daz Ryan
      Petition Organizer

      To date, the only NYC official to have responded to inquiries regarding the barbecuing problems in Prospect Park is the office of Council Member Mark Levine of District 7 in Manhattan in his capacity as Chair of the City Council’s Parks Committee. His office recommends that anyone witnessing illegal barbecuing call 311. These calls will highlight the illegal barbecuing in Prospect Park. This data may also be used to allocate any future enforcement officers to problem areas.

      NYC Park’s Regulation Section 1-05(m) states that it is ILLEGAL to:

      1. Burn any barbecue underneath any tree branches. This is a strict rule. Even if the barbecue is in a designated area and regardless of how high the tree branches are, the barbecue must not be underneath any tree branches.
      2. Burn any barbecue within 10 feet of any tree or underbrush, even if the barbecue is in a designated area.
      3. Burn any barbecue in any nondesignated area.

      Adherence to these rules may help to somewhat alleviate the “too much smoke” issue for people’s health. Any actual enforcement of these rules would greatly help alleviate the environmental damage to the park’s trees and grass, but we know that over the past few years enforcement has been near to zero. Call 311 any time you witness illegal barbecuing. The more calls there are, the more it will highlight this issue to any city officials who do not frequent Prospect Park.

      Thank you for your support.

    2. Thanks for your support. Please be careful of frauds.

      Daz Ryan
      Petition Organizer

      This Petition is not represented by or associated with any formal or informal organization. Do not give money to anyone purporting to represent it. This Petition will not ask for donations. Thank you.

    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • tatum strum BROOKLYN, NY
      • 3 months ago

      I live across the street from the corner at Park Circle. I have watched our grass turn to dirt and have had to keep my windows closed and stay off my terrace all day, all weekend long, because of the toxic smoke from bbqs. A space where we held my son's June bday party every year is completely ruined. It's a shame and embarrassment to our beautiful, beloved neighborhood. the parks dept should be outraged that the entrance to our park is in such a state of shambles.

    • Laura Imperiale BROOKLYN, NY
      • 3 months ago

      It destroys the park, the trees, and encouraging littering as well.

    • Josh Hughes BROOKLYN, NY
      • 4 months ago

      I have noticed that in the last 5 years there are so many more park users coming from all parts of the city. I even saw that someone had built a campfire last night and people are putting up tents. The park cannot take this kind of capacity without serious enforcement of the rules and if they cannot do this then the should just have a zero tolerance policy. It is not just the holiday weekends any longer, but every weekend that people are setting up camps any where and every where with fires and commercial dj speakers with music. It is only going to get worse if something is not done.

    • David Chan REGO PARK, NY
      • 4 months ago

      The smoke from BBQ is toxic and should be ban from all residential areas and public spaces in the five boroughs.

    • Catherine Lee BROOKYN, NY
      • 4 months ago

      I live in the neighborhood and while walking my dog in Prospect Park I oftentimes must endure the immense smell of charcoal burning for BBQ cooking. The entire park is occupied which means there is a great dense fume throughout the park. It is extremely unpleasant for all and I feel sorry for the people who live right across the street from the park. Please help the community to prohibit BBQ in Prospect Park for the health of all. Thank you.


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