Pelham Bay Park Improvements – Bronx NY


Pelham Bay Park, the largest in the city of New York (three times the size of Central Park), sits on Pelham Bay in the northeast corner of The Bronx. It was established in 1888, when The Bronx was still separate from New York City. The park was greatly improved by Robert Moses and the NY City Parks Department, with the help of federal New Deal funds and workers from the Civil Works Administration (CWA) and Works Progress Administration (WPA).

On November 10, 1941, the New York City Department of Parks announced the completion of the massive overhaul of the 60-acre Isaac L. Rice Memorial section of Pelham Bay Park. The WPA demolished several old structures and repaired an existing stadium and natatorium.  In addition, WPA workers constructed two new playgrounds near the western border of the park, complete with “a wading pool, comfort station, play apparatus, sand pits, shuffleboard, horseshoe and bocci courts.” Four miles of asphalt walks and one mile of bicycle paths were constructed throughout the park, as were three hundred picnic tables, one hundred stone fireplaces, a water supply system, hundreds of plantings, two baseball fields and a “one story brick building designed with interesting marine motives and centrally located in a heavily wooded picnic area contains comfort stations and a food concession.”   (

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Source notes

Project originally submitted by Frank da Cruz on July 27, 2015.

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Location Info

Pelham Bay Park
Bronx, NY 10464

Coordinates: 40.8615, -73.797199

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