Laurelton Playground – Queens NY

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Description

The NYC Parks website explains that: “In May 1934, after closing P.S. 38, the Board of Education transferred the property to Parks. Parks opened Laurelton Playground on August 23, 1935 in service of the local community. Parks acquired two small parcels that were added to this playground during 1936.” A Parks press release announcing the opening explained that it was then “developed as a small children’s play area.”

As researcher Frank da Cruz explains here, almost all New York City Parks Department projects between 1934 and 1943 were accomplished with New Deal funds and/or labor. Given the date of this project, it was almost certainly carried out by the WPA.

The park was last upgraded in 1999.

Source notes

New York City Parks Department New Deal Projects 1934-43
Department of Parks, Press Release, August 30, 1935
NYC Parks - Laurelton Playground

Project originally submitted by Frank da Cruz on September 19, 2016.

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Location Info


136th Avenue and Brookville Boulevard
Queens, NY 11422

Coordinates: 40.670374, -73.736215

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