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Important Winter Storm-Related Service Changes

New York City parks are now open. We continue to urge caution in parks under wintry conditions: parks paths can be slippery, snow cover can cover frozen lakes and bodies of water, and branches may have fallen. If you see a fallen branch call 311.

Some recreation centers will open from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. today with limited staffing.

For more information, please visit our Storm Update page.

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Bellaire Playground

Bellaire Playground

This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

This area was once a 42-acre tract of farmland owned by the Haubitzer family. In 1899 the National Pigeon Shooters Association bought the property and built a grandstand and casino on the site, calling it Interstate Park. The largest annual trapshooting competition, the Grand American, took place here from 1900 to 1902, but attendance at the yearly event declined as public opinion turned against live target shooting. The event moved to the Midwest, and the park declared bankruptcy at the end of 1902. In 1907 the grandstand was demolished, making way for the development of a residential suburb named Bellaire Park.

This playground, located on 89th Avenue between 207th and 208th Streets, opened in August 1956 as P.S. 135 Playground and was later named Bellaire Playground by Commissioner Stern in 1985. The site is jointly operated by the Board of Education and Parks. It was built during a rapid expansion in playgrounds throughout the city, guided by Parks Commissioner Robert Moses (1888-1981). Moses was able to harness the massive manpower of Parks, whose ranks had swollen to more than 80,000 workers due primarily to the influx of federal aid from President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s (1882-1945) Works Progress Administration. When Moses became commissioner in 1934, there were only 119 playgrounds in New York City. By 1960, the end of the Moses’s reign at Parks, there were 777.

Council Member Sheldon S. Leffler sponsored a $705,000 renovation here in 2000. The refurbished playground contains a full-size basketball court, four handball courts, a comfort station, swings, play equipment with safety surfacing, benches, a flagpole with a yardarm, a spray shower, and caterpillar and butterfly decorations.

Park Information

Directions to Bellaire Playground

  • Bellaire Playground (P.S. 135 Playground)
  • Bellaire Playground (P.S. 135 Playground)
  • Bellaire Playground (P.S. 135 Playground)

Bellaire Playground Weather

  • Tue
    Light Snow
    26°F
  • Wed
    Blowing Snow
    30°F
  • Thu
    Chance Light Snow
    29°F
  • Fri
    Chance Flurries
    34°F

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