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Alley Park

67 Ave. bet. 230 St. and 233 St.

Queens

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

The earliest playgrounds, called "sand gardens," appeared in the 1880s on the grounds of settlement houses. Furnished with innovative play equipment like seesaws, and staffed by trained recreation specialists, the playground was designed to be a "healthful influence upon morals and conduct." As Teddy Roosevelt, President of the Playground Association of America, wrote: "If we would have our citizens contented and law-abiding, we must not sow the seeds of discontent in childhood by denying children their birthright of play." For these reformers, recreation was not an end in itself: it was directly linked to the preservation of social morality.

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Directions to Alley Park

  • Alley Park (PS 213)
  • Alley Park (PS 213)

Alley Park Weather

  • Wed
    Slight Chance Light Rain then Partly Sunny
    58°F
  • Thu
    Partly Sunny
    63°F
  • Fri
    Chance Light Rain
    56°F
  • Sat
    Chance Light Rain then Rain Likely
    62°F

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