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Obama Visit To Brooklyn School Will Close Prospect Park Friday

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Brooklyn's Prospect Park, all 585 acres of it, will be closed from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday because of a visit from President Barack Obama.

The New York Times reports the president's helicopter is scheduled to land in the park Friday so the president can visit a nearby school. Earlier in the week, Marine Corps helicopters were seen in the park, likely preparing for the visit.

Obama will be speaking at the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-Tech) located in Crown Heights. The school was mentioned during February's State of the Union address as an innovative model for education.

While some Brooklynites were in a stink about the afternoon closing, others found the security measures warranted.

“It’s for the president, so I’m not upset about that,” one woman told CBS. “It’s for security reasons and I think we need to keep the president alive.”

Almost a year ago, Prospect Park was closed to the public after Hurricane Sandy, when officials were concerned about falling tree branches and other hazards.

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott praised Obama's planned visit in a statement:

P-Tech is a 21st century school that prepares its students for 21st century jobs...I am excited to have President Obama visit this outstanding school and see the innovation, dedicated teaching, and quality learning that goes on across the New York City school system.

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