Strong Street Playground
, July 31, 2015.
The New York City Parks Department says:
This playground is located within Old Fort Four Park ... The City of New
York first acquired this property, located at Strong Street and Reservoir
Avenue, by condemnation in 1895 as part of the Jerome Park Reservoir
proceedings. The Bronx Parks Department received jurisdiction in two
parcels; the first in 1913 and the second in 1931, and the playground
opened in 1934. The facility included a basketball court, paddle
tennis, seesaw, swings, and a shower basin.
And a Parks Department press from 1941 says:
The Department of Parks announces the completion, of work on the redesign of
a play area on Reservoir Avenue between Strong Street and West 197th Street,
The Bronx. This property was acquired by the Department of Parks in 1935,
at which time it was graded and provided with see-saws and swings by
relief workers. The current project represents an amplification of
the original work. The area has been paved with a smooth bituminous surface
to provide all year round usage. A sand pit and benches have been added, and
new boundary fencing together with a new entrance on Strong Street have been
installed. All work was performed by the Work Projects Administration
from plans prepared by the Department of Parks.
Walk: Strong Street Playground, New York City Parks Department website.
- NYC Parks Dept press release
of June 13, 1941.
- New Deal Assistance in
NYC Parks Department Projects, 1934-43.