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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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Decatur Playground

Decatur St., Macdonough St. bet. Lewis Ave. and Marcus Garvey Blvd.


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

This playground takes its name from its location on Decatur Street, named prior to 1835, which runs from Fulton Street in Brooklyn to Myrtle Avenue in Queens. Street and playground honor the American naval hero Stephen Decatur (1779-1820). Decatur was born in Sinnepuxent (still called that?--look in a world atlas), Maryland. He was the son of Stephen Decatur, who had been a French naval officer before emigrating to America in search of greater religious freedom. He followed in his father’s tradition and took his first seafaring job at age seventeen with a Philadelphia shipping firm. In 1798, at the outbreak of America’s naval hostilities with France, he traveled to protect American trading interests in the West Indies on the frigate United States with Commodore John Barry, the Navy’s first commander-in-chief (for whom a park is named in Fort Greene).

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Decatur Playground Weather

  • Tue
    Light Snow
  • Wed
    Blowing Snow
  • Thu
    Chance Light Snow
  • Fri
    Chance Flurries

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