Bronx Park North – Bronx NY


“Until 1937, the north portion of Bronx Park was owned by the NY Botanical Garden and the NY Zoological Society and had no public facilities such as paths, lighting, playgrounds, or athletic fields. As part of the Bronx River Parkway extension project, the Parks Department gained jurisdiction and, with Works Progress Administration labor, began to convert the entire area into a park. This was one big New Deal project with many parts, including:

The rest of this land would be turned by the WPA labor force into a proper park with landscaping, asphalt paths, lighting, benches, drinking fountains, drainage, comfort stations, and entry points (including two footbridges over the railroad tracks) in a project that started in July 1940 and was completed in June 1941…”   (

A Department of Parks press release from June 22, 1941 described completed WPA work in the park more specifically:

“These include construction of sections of the future path system, two softball diamonds, two comfort stations and two marginal playgrounds… Each playground covers about a quarter of an acre, is paved with a smooth bituminous asphalt surface and is enclosed by an eight-foot chain link fence. The equipment includes play apparatus such as slides, swings, see-saws, a sand pit and a shower basin. Benches are provided for adults in charge of the children. Drinking fountain and flagpole are standard features… Drainage has been provided where necessary and a number of drinking fountains have been placed at convenient points on the newly constructed path system.”   (

Source notes

Project originally submitted by Frank da Cruz on May 3, 2015.

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Location Info

Bronx Park
Bronx, NY 10467

Coordinates: 40.8718489039153, -73.87339479311521

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