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St. John's Recreation Center

Troy Ave., Bergen St., Prospect Pl., Schenectady Ave.

Brooklyn

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

This park and recreation center, located on Prospect Place between Troy Avenue and Schenectady Avenues in Bedford-Stuyvesant, is named for Saint John, also known as John the Evangelist and Saint John the Divine. He was one of the first disciples called to follow Jesus and is traditionally known as “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” St. John is the presumed author of the fourth gospel of the New Testament and, by tradition, the Book of Revelation.

There are many legends surrounding the power and holiness of John. It is said that he was sentenced to death by immersion in a cauldron of boiling oil. He was lowered into the pot and, some time later, emerged miraculously unharmed, even rejuvenated, with his hands joined in prayer. After Peter, he is the apostle most responsible for the formation of the early church in Palestine and is the patron saint of Asia Minor.

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ParkSt. John's Recreation Center

The seating area in the playground behind St. John's Recreation Center will be renovated and the seats have been removed. This project will reconstruct the outdoor sitting area adjacent to the recreation center in St. John’s Park. The sitting area will act as the central hub for the many recreational activities the park offers, as well as a place for rest and passive recreation. In addition to views of the colorful mural on the center’s wall, park goers will enjoy new benches, fencing, picnic tables, game tables and chairs, a drinking fountain, flowering trees and various ornamental plantings.
Anticipated Completion: Spring 2015

    St. John's Recreation Center Weather

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    • Fri
      Partly Sunny
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