Williamsbridge Oval

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Williamsbridge Oval Park
WilliamsbridgeOvalSummer.jpg
A typical July evening in Williamsbridge Oval
TypeNeighborhood Park
LocationThe Bronx, New York City, NY, US
Coordinates40°52′39″N 73°52′39″W / 40.877539°N 73.877515°W / 40.877539; -73.877515Coordinates: 40°52′39″N 73°52′39″W / 40.877539°N 73.877515°W / 40.877539; -73.877515
Area19.75 acres (7.99 ha)
Created1934
Operated byNew York City Department of Parks and Recreation
Williamsbridge Oval Park
Williamsbridge Oval is located in New York City
Williamsbridge Oval
Williamsbridge Oval is located in the United States
Williamsbridge Oval
LocationReservoir Oval E. & W., Norwood, Bronx, New York
Coordinates40°52′39″N 73°52′39″W / 40.877539°N 73.877515°W / 40.877539; -73.877515
Area18.87 acres (7.64 ha)
Built1937 (1937)
ArchitectAymar Embury II; Nelson M. Wells; Gilmore David Clarke
Architectural styleBeaux Arts, Art Moderne
NRHP reference #15000229[1]
Added to NRHPMay 14, 2015

The Williamsbridge Oval is a park located in the Norwood neighborhood of The Bronx, New York, New York. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.[2]

History[edit]

The Williamsbridge Oval Park was built on the site of the Williamsbridge Reservoir after the reservoir was drained and the land transferred to the Parks Department in 1934.[3] The park was funded, designed, and built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA)[4] of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal under the supervision of the New York City Parks Department and was officially opened on Sept 11th, 1937.[5]

Attractions[edit]

Williamsbridge Oval has multiple playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts, plus an athletic field, a 400m 4-lane running track, a dog run, playground spray showers, ornamental flower beds and walking paths shaded by trees.

The original 1930s recreation center was reopened in 2013 after extensive renovations.[6][7]

The park hosts community and NYC Parks sponsored events all year round.

In popular culture[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 5/11/15 through 5/15/15. National Park Service. 2015-05-22.
  2. ^ "Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 5/11/15 through 5/15/15". National Park Service. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Before They Were Parks". New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  4. ^ "New 20-Acre Playground Opened in Bronx; Moses and Lyons Dedicate It Before 2,000". New York Times. 12 September 1937.
  5. ^ "Williamsbridge Oval". New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Parks Cuts The Ribbon On New Playgrounds And Basketball Courts At Williamsbridge Oval Park". New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Tuesday, December 3, 2013: Renovated Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center opens". New York Department of Parks and Recreation. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Awakenings Filming Locations". International Movie Database. Retrieved 7 September 2015.

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