Bronx New Deal - Photo #192 - Crotona Park


Crotona Park is one of New York City's largest parks, occupying 127 acres in the southeast Bronx. The park existed before the Great Depression but it was totally rebuilt in 1934-41 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA). It is bounded by (clockwise from the north edge) Crotona Park North (approximately East 175th Street), Crotona Park East (just west of Boston Road), Crotona Park South (a block north of East 170th Street), and Fulton Avenue (which is just east of Third Avenue). The photo shows the Crotona Park entrance at Claremont Parkway and Fulton Avenue, Bronx NY, June 24, 2014.

Here is the Department of Parks press release for Friday, June 27, 1941:

The Department of Parks announces the completion and opening of seven new marginal playgrounds, three reconstructed playgrounds, a children's farm garden and two comfort stations in Crotona Park, The Bronx. These playgrounds represent part of a larger program of park reconstruction which will be completed this fall.

Crotona Park is one of the most heavily used parks in the City. Prior to the start of rehabilitation work the pressure of a congested neighborhood had overflowed play areas onto the park lawns, injuring the vegetation, causing erosion and miniature dust storms thus destroying the usefulness of the area.

The first major effort to provide much needed recreation faciliti