Central Park New Deal Sites - Photo #71 - The North Meadow


Central Park's North Meadow in July 2015. From the Park Department's press release of May 17, 1934:
Central Park North Meadow
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The Park Department's new plan for the construction of fifteen baseball diamonds in Central Park was announced today. These fifteen baseball diamonds have been laid out in the North Meadow opposite 100th street in Central Park. Up to now the playing of baseball has been permitted in this area but no formal diamonds were provided and conditions have been disorderly and unsatisfactory, thirteen of the new diamonds will be usable now, but two will not be available for immediate play, due to rock which must be blasted away to level off the surface. Base lines have been marked out with lime as on major league baseball diamonds. Regular rubber home plates are being installed and najor league canvas bags will be secured in place to mark the bases. Temporary heavy wire backstops are being installed. Permanent backstops would necessitate a delay in the immediate use of these areas. These diamonds are laid out to provide safe play for all teams using the grounds. Adequate space is provided for spectators.

Football and soccer will be provided for after the baseball season.

The old stable and storage yard, which has been in use since the Civil War, is being converted into a modern field house. The Park Departnent's horses quartered in these stables will be moved out of the park, showers and locker rooms will