Historic Harlem Parks
Arlington "Ollie" Edinboro Playground
This playground honors the memory of Arlington “Ollie” Edinboro (1916-1990), a
Born nearby on
In 1942, Edinboro entered the Army as a Quarter Master Group Leader. During his three years of service, he learned discipline and the importance of a well-regimented training program. His days in the Army had a permanent influence on the way he taught young people how to master the game of basketball, as well as their lives. By 1949, Edinboro returned to the Parks Department as a Recreation Director. He spent the rest of his career enriching the lives of children in
By the 1970s, Edinboro had already reached legendary status. Children rode the subway from the Bronx,
In 2004 Council Member Robert Jackson introduced a Local Law naming this playground, for the man who did so much for the children of this community. The site was formally dedicated Arlington “Ollie” Edinboro Playground on June 17, 2005.
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Pelham Fritz Recreation Center remains closed to the public until further notice. Some recreation centers are being used for COVID-19 testing and vaccination services, the Learning Bridges program, and critical seasonal training. Please visit our Recreation Centers page to find an alternate recreation center.
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