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Fox Playground

David A. Fox Playground

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

This playground was named in memory of David A. Fox (1951-1971) under a local law introduced by Council Member Theodore Silverman and signed by Mayor John V. Lindsay on December 22, 1971.

David Fox was born on June 9, 1951 and raised in Flatlands where he lived with his parents in the nearby Glenwood Houses. He was educated in Brooklyn at Public School 251 and Samuel J. Tilden High School which he attended for three years before transferring to Canarsie High School. He was a Boy Scout, a camp counselor, and a member of the Knights of Pythias. After briefly attending college in Wisconsin, Fox died of leukemia on February 22, 1971.

This site in Flatlands, bounded on the east and west by East 55th and East 54th Streets, and on the north and south by Avenues H and I, was acquired, along with the adjacent P.S. 251, Paedergat Public School, by the City on April 26, 1950. It has been jointly operated by Parks and the Board of Education since it opened to the public on May 24, 1954.

The playground was renovated in 1997 under a $500,000 capital project funded by Council Member Lloyd Henry. Improvements included new tennis and basketball courts, fencing, a handicap accessible water fountain, two seating areas, trees, and animal art with a fox motif.

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