John Allen Payne Park – Brooklyn NY

Description

The land for what is now the John Allen Payne Park was acquired in 1940. “It is one of more than a dozen parks and playgrounds that line the highway now known as the Gowanus Expressway” (NYC Parks).

The WPA and the Department of Parks announced the beginning of work on a playground at the site in October 1941. The press release explained that, when completed, the playground would contain:

Irrigated sand pit
Seesaws
Slides
1 pipe frame exercise unit
4 shuffleboard courts
Brick comfort station
Concrete wading pool
1 combination volleyball and basketball court
3 paddle tennis courts with removable posts and nets
Roller skating area
6 concrete surfaced handball courts

The playground is still in use.

Source notes

Department of Parks, Press Release, October 1, 1941
NYC Parks - John Allen Payne Park
New York City Parks Department New Deal Projects 1934-43

Project originally submitted by Frank da Cruz on December 22, 2016.

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Location Info


3rd Ave. and 65th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11220

Coordinates: 40.639896, -74.023813

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