Prospect Park: Lincoln Road Playground – Brooklyn NY


On August 23, 1941, Parks announced the completion of a new WPA playground at Lincoln Rd. and Ocean Avenue (now known as the Lincoln Road Playground):

“The playground at Ocean Avenue and Lincoln Road, approximately one-half acre in size, is semi-circular in shape, paved with asphalt so as to provide year round usage and equipped with a shower basin-, a sand pit, kindergarten swings, slides, see-saws and a pipe frame exercise unit. A large open area provides space for general play, skating, and organized games. Around the perimeter continuous benches have been provided for mothers and guardians.

A new brick comfort station has been built at the entrance to the park, adjacent to the playground, where it will serve the general public as well as the playground patrons. The project also included: the construction of a short spur to the bridle path from Flatbush Avenue to East Lake Drive; hitching posts and mounting blocks near the Lincoln Road entrance: extensive regrading, topsoiling and seeding; planting of approximately 65 small trees and large shrubs and planting of more than 3,250 ground cover plants to pre- vent erosion on steep side slopes…

The work was carried out by the Work Projects Administration from plans prepared by the Department of Parks.”

The playground is still in use.

Source notes

Department of Parks, Press Release, August 23, 1941
New York City Parks Department New Deal Projects 1934-43

Project originally submitted by Frank da Cruz on December 18, 2016.

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Location Info

100 Ocean Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11225

Coordinates: 40.6608579, -73.9634663

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