Oval Park 80th Anniversary - Photo #64

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Sheila Sánchez with the State Assembly proclamation which says:
Whereas, It is the sense of this Legislator that the quality of life of the citizens of the State of New York is greatly enriched by the availability of exceptional recreational facilities; and

Whereas, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with long-standing tradition, this Legislator is justly proud to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of Williamsbridge Oval Park to be celebrated as a birthday party on Saturday, September 9, 2017; and

Whereas, Williamsbridge Oval Park, also known as The Oval, has been the heart of the Norwood neighborhood of the Bronx for eight decades; it was built between 1934-1937 on the site of an abandoned reservoir by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) of President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal; and

Whereas, On May 1, 1887, the City of New York aquired the property northest of Bainbridge Avenue and East 207th Street, and two years later opened the Williamsbridge Reservoir, measuring 925 feet long by 525 feet wide, and with a 46 foot high embankment, t