Dome Playground – Brooklyn NY


On October 1937, Parks announced the opening of a new playground in what later became known as Dome Playground:

“At Dahill Road and 38th Street, also in Brooklyn, the new playground, the wading pool section of which was opened some time ago, has facilities for handball, basketball, volley ball, soft ball games, a roller skating track, horizontal ladders and bars and a generously equipped small children’s playground with slides, swings, see-saws, playhouse and sand tables. Shade trees and permanent concrete benches are also included in the design. This area is another one of the twenty-four sites selected by the Commissioner of Parks and acquired by condemnation after authorization by the Board of Estimate and Apportionment, on July 15, 1936 to tike care of the recreational needs of neglected neighborhoods.”

Although the 1937 press release does not mention which New Deal relief agencies were involved, researcher Frank da Cruz explains here that almost all New York City Parks Department projects between 1934 and 1943 were carried out with New Deal funds and/or labor, and that after April 1935, the WPA quickly became the main source of this support.

The playground was last renovated in 1990.

Source notes

Department of Parks, Press Release, October 30, 1937
New York City Parks Department New Deal Projects 1934-43
NYC Parks - Dome Playground

Project originally submitted by Frank da Cruz on November 2, 2016.

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Location Info

Dahill Rd. and 38th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11218

Coordinates: 40.638140, -73.980186

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