News Prospect Park Lake has a giant orange machine in it: Here’s what it is The machine was named “The Floating Goat.” A new weed harvester was unveiled in Prospect Park Lake in June. Photo Credit: Paul Martinka By Nicole Brown firstname.lastname@example.org @ncb417 Updated November 16, 2018 6:20 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Visitors to Prospect Park may notice a giant orange machine floating on the iconic lake. The device is an aquatic weed harvester, used to keep the lake water clean, the Prospect Park Alliance said. The machine, which was introduced in June, has officially been affixed with its new name: “The Floating Goat.” The name was chosen through a contest that asked community members for submissions. “The Floating Goat” was submitted by 8-year-old Jack Costas and was inspired by the goat herd that was brought to Prospect Park in 2016 and 2017 to help clear invasive weeds in the woodlands. The $140,000 weed harvester replaced an old one that was in use for years, until 2014. It was funded by City Council members Brad Lander and Mathieu Eugene through the participatory budgeting process, which allowed residents to vote on projects they wanted to see funded. The machine sucks up invasive weeds in the lake, such as floating water primrose and duckweed. By Nicole Brown email@example.com @ncb417 Nicole Brown is the Internet News Manager at amNY.com, covering local news since 2016. She has written for MSNBC.com and was editor-in-chief of NYU’s Washington Square News. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Meet the hungry herd of goats living in Prospect ParkThese cute goats have a big job to do. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.