Bill Brown Playground – Brooklyn NY

City:
Brooklyn, New York City, NY

Site Type:
Playgrounds, Parks and Recreation

New Deal Agencies:
Works Progress Administration (WPA), Work Relief Programs

Completed:
1935

Quality of Information:
Moderate

Site Survival:
Extant

Description

The Department of Parks announced the opening of this new playground on Bedford Ave. on October 14, 1935. 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. After its inception in 1935, the WPA quickly became the main source of relief funds and labor for the NYC Parks Department. In a 1939 study, The Works Progress Administration in New York City (pp. 101-102), future Columbia University professor John Millett describes the WPA’s deep involvement: “The city Parks Department planned all work-relief activities in city parks and decided what work should be carried out at any one time. All projects and jobs were, of course, approved by the W.P.A., which furnished the labor and much of the supplies for the work.”

Bill Brown Playground was last renovated in 1986.

Source notes

New York City Parks Department New Deal Projects 1934-43 Department of Parks, Press Release, October 14, 1935 NYC Parks - Bill Brown Playground

Site originally submitted by Frank da Cruz on September 20, 2016.

Location Info


Bedford Ave. and Avenue Y
Brooklyn, NY 11235

Coordinates: 40.592087, -73.945707

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