Named for the New York statesman famous for orchestrating the purchase of Alaska in 1867, Seward Park, one of the largest parks on the Lower East Side, has the distinction of being home to the first permanent, municipally-built playground in the nation.
In 1898, settlement workers Lillian D. Wald and Charles B. Stover founded the Outdoor Recreation League (ORL) to promote organized games in public playgrounds as an alternative to play in city streets. The ORL opened nine privately-sponsored playgrounds on municipal parkland between 1898 and 1902, when the City of New York assumed operations of ORL playgrounds. This led to the construction of Seward Park the following year by the City.
Directions to Seward Park
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