Mafera Park

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Mafera Park (officially Joseph F. Mafera Park)[1] is a park in Queens, New York City, United States. It is approximately 5.4 acres (0.022 km2) in size,[2] located adjacent to the New York City Subway's Fresh Pond Yard and close to the Fresh Pond Junction between the Long Island Rail Road's Bay Ridge and Lower Montauk branches.[3][4] It has facilities for baseball, basketball, roller hockey, and handball.

The park is named after Ridgewood resident Joseph F. Mafera; when Mafera died in 1967, the park was renamed by law in his honor. The City of New York purchased the land in 1948, and on June 28, 1949, a groundbreaking ceremony was held, featuring New York City mayor William O'Dwyer, Queens Borough President James A. Burke, and Commissioner of Parks and Recreation Robert Moses.[1]

Mafera Park was also known as Farmers' Oval due to the park's history hosting the semi-professional Glendale Farmers Base Ball Club for almost 50 years, from the 1900s until the 1950s. In the late 1940s and early 1950s it was also briefly called Ridgewood Park and Glen Ridge Park, as the park is between Glendale and Ridgewood.[5]

It was renovated in the early 1990s, and a ribbon cutting ceremony was hosted by mayor Rudy Giuliani, Queens Borough President Claire Shulman, and New York City parks commissioner Henry Stern on March 18, 1995.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Mafera Park Highilghts". NYC Parks. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  2. ^ "List of Parks by Total Acreage" (PDF). City of New York. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  3. ^ "Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Cross Harbor Freight Program" (PDF). Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. 2014. p. 6.1-11. Retrieved September 6, 2019. Joseph Mafera Park in Ridgewood, however, is adjacent to the Fresh Pond Yard and a playground is located about a block away from the rail yard in Glendale.
  4. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Middle Village Metropolitan Av (M)" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2018. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  5. ^ "A Trial Program Helps Local Projects". The New York Times. September 2, 1973. Retrieved September 6, 2019. The largest portion of the money earmarked for Maspeth — $175,000 — is to be spent for nighttime lighting in Joseph F. Mafera Park, which is on the Middle Village ‐ Glendale ‐ Ridgewood border.

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Coordinates: 40°42′25″N 73°53′29″W / 40.706827°N 73.891306°W / 40.706827; -73.891306