Bronx - Photo #900 - Williamsbridge Oval Park


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Recreation Center
Oval Park Recreation Center - click to enlarge
Oval Park, Norwood, Bronx, New York City, winter 2012. Its formal name is Williamsbridge Oval Playground. Originally the site of Gun Hill Williamsbridge Reservoir, constructed in 1884-89, that supplied drinking water until 1919 and then served as a swimming hole until it was drained in 1925. It was converted into a park and playground in 1934-37 in a 1.5 millon-dollar New Deal Works Progress Administration (WPA) project, opening on September 11, 1937, with renovations since then, most recently in 2010-2013. It includes playgrounds for children,
Oval Park aerial view
Google aerial view - click to enlarge
a field for football and soccer games, basketball courts, tennis courts, a 400-meter running track, wading pools and sprinklers, dog runs, picnic areas, benches; trees, grass, flowers, and foliage; elevated promenades around the perimeter, and a recreation center with a gym, game room, computer room, and public restrooms. It is also the site of school outings, cultural events, concerts, dance festivals, picnics, celebrations, and just hanging out; it is perhaps the most heavily (and well) used public space in the Bronx. The fenced off area at lower left in the top photo was part of a renovation project completed in November 2013. In the background: Montefiore Medical Center buildings. See lots more pictures of Oval Park in this same gallery you are looking at (the park is more beautiful in the Spring, Summer, and Fall, but then you can't get a panoramic view because of the foliage; see image at bottom).
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FDR's New Deal designed, constructed, and/or paid for a great many Bronx landmarks besides Oval Park, including the Triborough Bridge, the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, Orchard Beach, the Bronx County Courthouse, much of what is now Lehman College, the Maritime College campus at Fort Schuyler, Van Cortlandt Stadium, the Crotona Park, pool, and bathhouse, the Bronx General Post Office, plus many neighborhood post offices and numerous schools, parks, playgrounds, murals, mosaics, sculptures, infrastructure improvements, surveys, and on and on. CLICK HERE for a partial list and HERE for a gallery.

Oval Park panorama in Spring 2014