Sunrise Playground is named after the nearby Sunrise Highway, which played an important part in the development of eastern Queens and Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Located in the Queens neighborhood of Rosedale, the playground’s recent renovation, under the motto “Sunrise has not failed us yet” testifies to the neighborhood’s spirit.
The Sunrise Highway was built in the 1920s astride an old conduit. The Sunrise was the first state highway in New York City and the first mixed traffic artery (including both commercial and private vehicles) to cross Nassau into Suffolk County. When the Highway was built the combined population of Queens and Nassau Counties was 600,000. By 1955, this figure had reached more than 3 million.