NYC Resources 311 Office of the Mayor

Official Website of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

Harold Ickes Playground

Hamitlon Ave. ber. Van Brunt St. and Woodull St.


Directions via Google Maps

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

Harold LeClair Ickes (1874-1952) served as Secretary of the Interior in President Roosevelt’s famed New Deal Cabinet, and his energy and determination made him a formidable member. Ickes was born on March 15, 1874 in Frankstown Township, Pennsylvania. He attended the University of Chicago as an undergraduate, eventually becoming a political writer for the Chicago Daily Record in 1897. He graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1907 and established himself as an activist, often taking civil liberties cases for no pay. Although listed as a Republican, he frequently crossed party lines, first to support Theodore Roosevelt’s Bull Moose campaign in 1912 and later to join Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal in 1932.

Read More


Know when to go:
View upcoming athletic area usage in
Harold Ickes Playground

Park Information

Directions to Harold Ickes Playground

Harold Ickes Playground Weather

    7-day forecast

    Was this information helpful?