Today’s NYC Parks website explains that the village of Whitestone (now the neighborhood of Whitestone in Queens) acquired this land in 1892. Parks took over the 21 acre site in 1936 in conjunction with the construction of the Whitestone Parkway. This site says that a children’s playground opened on the site in 1939. However, the official opening of the playground was announced by the Parks Department on April 25, 1940:
“Here recreation facilities nave been provided for all age groups. There are three separate children’s completely equipped playgrounds, handball, horseshoe pitching, shuffleboard and basketball courts, a full-sized hard ball and a soft ball diamond as well as a football and soccer field. There is also a large open play area which can be flooded and used for ice skating when sub-freezing temperatures permit.
The opening of [this area] designed by the Park Department and built by the Work Projects Administration makes a total of 323 new or reconstructed playgrounds completed by the Park Department since January 1, 1934.”
The park still serves the Whitestone community.
Project originally submitted by Frank da Cruz on November 27, 2016.
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