Rapelye, Woodhull, and Hicks Streets and Rapelye, Hicks, and Cole Streets
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This playground is named for Vincent J. DiMattina (1915-1966) an attorney who was actively involved in civic and religious affairs within his community in Brooklyn. This playground opened in Carroll Park in 1947.
When he was 16-years-old, DiMattina took his first job working on the Brooklyn Waterfront where he stayed until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942. Trained as a deep-sea diver, DiMattina served with the 104th Naval Construction Battalion, better known as Seabees, in the South Pacific until December 1945. At the time of his discharge, DiMattina had earned the rank of Chief Boatswain’s Mate.