French Charley’s Playground – Bronx NY

Description

French Charley’s Playground is located within the northern part of Bronx Park, near the park entrance at East 204th Street by Webster Ave.

“In June of 1941, Parks developed this playground and the fields, and the WPA (Works Progress Administration) provided the labor force for the new construction.”   (www.nycgovparks.org)

WPA work included the playground itself, as well as footbridge to the park at East 204th St., landscaping, paths and a large, rounded stone retaining wall. “The park is about 16 feet below street level and the WPA had to convert the sloping landscape into two levels that are flat, which involved moving huge amounts of earth and building the retaining wall to separate them”   (http://www.kermitproject.org)

Source notes

http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/bronxpark/highlights/9708
http://www.kermitproject.org/bronx/newdeal/fbfc70.html

Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on March 3, 2014.

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Location Info


Bronx Park
Bronx, NY 10467

Coordinates: 40.869932, -73.876268

One comment on “French Charley’s Playground – Bronx NY

  1. Jules feiman

    Who was French Charlie?
    Why was it called French Charlie?

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