Thursday, October 23, 2014

FW: Archives Prospect Park Photo of the Week

How excellent birding spot “Ricks Place” got its name?   Read on….

From: Amy Peck
Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2014 10:10 AM
To: All Staff
Subject: Archives Photo of the Week

By popular demand, the Headless Horseman and the story of Ranger Rick.

Haunted Walk, 1992                                                                                                                                                                              Enrique Garcia, aka Ranger Rick, in 1989

In the early 1980s an urban park ranger named Enrique Garcia originated the Headless Horseman costume for the Halloween Haunted Walk
and even, according to former PPA president Tupper Thomas, persuaded a local mortician to loan a coffin.  Ranger Rick, as he was known, was an avid birder and also
kept bees on the roof of the old Elephant House, a former zoo building located in the upper Midwood.  The Elephant House was demolished
in the 1990s, but the area is known as Rick’s Place and is marked with a Parks Department sign.  

 courtesy of 

Amy Peck l Archivist l Historian

KB note: sign was vandalized,no longer there