Summer in the city means more trash in the parks—something Brooklynites were reminded of last year when Prospect Park kicked off the season with a nice thick layer of garbage. After 2009's July 4th holiday, we received plenty of photos documenting the littered fields, and later in the summer an unauthorized BBQ brought in even more trash and a rat infestation. But it's no surprise that last year may seem like nothing compared to this year's trashpocalypse, as the park's already been plagued with all sorts of weird discoveries in recent months. And yesterday the Brooklyn Paper's watchdog Gersh Kuntzman took his bike through the area to find this disaster awaiting him:

This afternoon we received the following statement from the Parks Department's Adrian Benepe, regarding not only Prospect Park but all city parks:

“The July 4 holiday weekend, fireworks display, and the extremely hot weather together made for a triple-whammy as huge crowds flocked to the city’s beaches, pools and parks.

More than 2.4 million went to the city’s 14 miles of beach over the three-day weekend, with more than 1.1 million on Monday alone, watched over by a large municipal lifeguard corps. The 54 outdoor pools were filled to capacity, and tens of thousands more made use of spray showers in over 450 parks. Massive crowds also arrived at all the traditional picnic and barbecue spots.

At Prospect Park, clean-up crews were out working in the park every day of the long, holiday weekend from 5 am until midnight as thousands of park goers enjoyed picnicking and barbecuing from early in the morning to late in the evening. The clean-up continues all day today and throughout the week and the summer ahead, and we ask for New Yorkers to pitch in by carrying trash to the receptacles provided and leaving it neatly placed next to the receptacles if they fill up.

Don’t dump your coals near a tree because it will kill its roots. Recycle your bottles and cans. And remember, every time you re-use a water bottle, that’s one less plastic bottle going to a landfill.”