Morris Park Ave. bet. Haight Ave. and Tomlinson Ave.
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This playground honors slain New York City Police Officer Alfred Loreto (1902-1950). On the evening of July 21, 1950, Loreto was off-duty and standing near his home on nearby Hering Avenue when he saw two armed men kidnapping a neighbor. Prior to becoming a park, the playground was the site of the Woodmansten. In the 1920s, the Inn became a roadhouse presenting music by great performers of the era before it burned down in the 1930s. Another section of the park was once the grandstand for the fabled Morris Park Racetrack built in 1888. In July 1908, the Aeronautic Society of New York leased the racetrack from the City and used it to hold the world's first public air meet.
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