This quaint park is named after Joe Sabba (1916-1999), a war veteran and local activist who dedicated the greater part of his life to the Sunnyside community. Sabba served in World War II as a tailgunner in the Army Air Corps. After the war, he spent much of his life serving his neighborhood. In 1946, he married Sylvia Eliassos and bought into a partnership with the Woodside Herald, a local weekly newspaper. Later that year Sabba founded a neighborhood youth organization called the Sunnyside Drum and Bugle Corps. Sabba presided as editor of the Woodside Herald for many years before passing on the position to his son, Buster. For over 25 years and until his death on May 26, 1999, Sabba also served as the chairman of the Sunnyside Flag Day Parade.