Walter Gladwin Park

E 175 St to E Tremont Av bet. 3 Av and Arthur Ave


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This park is named for Walter H. Gladwin (1902-1988), the first Black elected governmental official in the Bronx. Born in Berbice, Guyana, he moved to the Bronx to live with an uncle after he was orphaned as a teenager. He graduated from City College in 1936 and New York Law School in 1941 and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1942.

In 1943, Gladwin was appointed Deputy Collector of Internal Revenue for the Third District of New York, and in 1946 Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of New York. In the 1940s, Gladwin held many community and civic-oriented positions, including the vice-chairmanship of the Bronx Committee of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Active in the N.A.A.C.P., he also served on the Board of Directors for the Forest Neighborhood Houses, one of the earliest and most ambitious multi-racial public housing projects in The Bronx, and was a founding member of the Bronx branch of the Urban League. 

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