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Joseph F. DiNapoli Playground

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

Joseph F. DiNapoli (1935-1989) was a longtime parks worker and active member of the Canarsie community. The Brooklyn native grew up in East New York and lived with his wife and two children at 1464 East 88th Street for twenty five years. DiNapoli worked in Canarsie Park from 1967 until his death, rising to the rank of Principal Park Supervisor. He established the 69th Police Precinct community baseball program and served on the Executive Board of the Columbia Society, the Parks Italian heritage group, for fifteen years. He was also an executive board member of Laborers Local 924 and Uniformed Parks Officers Local 1508.

This playground was renamed in memory Joseph DiNapoli at the urging of the local community who saw the rewards of his hard work and his devotion to the park. It was named under a local law introduced by Council Member Herbert E. Berman, and signed by Mayor David Dinkins on April 5, 1990.

Located at East 93rd Street and Seaview Avenue, this playground is situated in the northeastern part of Canarsie Park, which takes its name from the Canarsie Indians who once lived there. It stands on the oldest parcel of land, acquired in 1895 by the City of Brooklyn and transferred to Parks in 1898, in the 132 acre park which is bounded by Paedergat Basin, Fresh Creek Basin, Seaview Avenue, and Shore Parkway, and lies adjacent to the Belt Parkway. The playground was built in 1936.

DiNapoli Playground was renovated from 1995-97 under a $900,000 capital project funded by Council Member Berman. Improvements included installation of new basketball courts, handicap accessible play equipment, a spray shower, drinking fountains, fencing, pavements and pathways, a new drainage and water supply system, safety surfacing, benches, and landscaping.

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There are currently 2 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

PlaygroundsSeba Playground

Seba Playground will be closed to reconstruct the current Seba Tot Lot into a playground for children of all ages. The new design will enlarge the toddler area by adding a custom spray shower, seating, and two new tot play units. Additional play spaces will also be added for 5 to 12 year olds, and will include a large accessible play unit, a second spray shower and seating area. These two play areas will be joined by 15 additional swings for both age groups. The site will also feature an accessible drinking fountain, attractive plantings, and a bicycle rack.

BeachesRockaway Beach and Boardwalk

The United States Army Corps of Engineers has resumed pumping sand onto Rockaway Beach in efforts to repair and restore the beach. Access to the beach area from Beach 61st Street to Beach 19th Street may be limited while the pumping operation continues. The Corps expects sand placement work to be completed by the end of October, weather permitting. Swimming is not permitted at Rockaway Beach, or any NYC beach, after Labor Day. Please visit the United States Army Corps of Engineers’ website for more information.

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