|Williamsbridge Oval Park|
A typical July evening in Williamsbridge Oval
|Location||The Bronx, New York City, NY, US|
|Area||19.75 acres (7.99 ha)|
|Operated by||New York City Department of Parks and Recreation|
Williamsbridge Oval Park
|Location||Reservoir Oval E. & W., Norwood, Bronx, New York|
|Area||18.87 acres (7.64 ha)|
|Architect||Aymar Embury II; Nelson M. Wells; Gilmore David Clarke|
|Architectural style||Beaux Arts, Art Moderne|
|NRHP reference #||15000229|
|Added to NRHP||May 14, 2015|
The Williamsbridge Oval Park was built on the site of the Williamsbridge Reservoir after the reservoir was drained and the land transferred to the Parks Department in 1934. The park was funded, designed, and built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal under the supervision of the New York City Parks Department and was officially opened on Sept 11th, 1937.
Williamsbridge Oval has multiple playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts, plus an athletic field, a 400m 4-lane running track, a dog run, playground spray showers, ornamental flower beds and walking paths shaded by trees.
The park hosts community and NYC Parks sponsored events all year round.
In popular culture
- In Penny Marshall's film Awakenings (1990), Robin Williams' and Robert De Niro's characters are filmed taking a walk through the Williamsbridge Oval park.
- "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 5/11/15 through 5/15/15. National Park Service. 2015-05-22.
- "Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 5/11/15 through 5/15/15". National Park Service. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
- "Before They Were Parks". New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
- "New 20-Acre Playground Opened in Bronx; Moses and Lyons Dedicate It Before 2,000". New York Times. 12 September 1937.
- "Williamsbridge Oval". New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
- "Parks Cuts The Ribbon On New Playgrounds And Basketball Courts At Williamsbridge Oval Park". New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
- "Tuesday, December 3, 2013: Renovated Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center opens". New York Department of Parks and Recreation. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
- "Awakenings Filming Locations". International Movie Database. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
- New York City Department of Parks and Recreation Williamsbridge Oval Park Page
- New York City Department of Parks and Recreation Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center Page
- Friends of the Williamsbridge Oval
- Bronx New Deal - Williamsbridge Oval
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