125 Years From Great Estates to Great Parks

Submitted by ub on Tue, 02/26/2013 - 12:32

What promises to be a fascinating talk by Dart Westphal, Chairman of the Bronx Parks 125th Anniversary Committee on how and why the Bronx went from an area of great estates to a community of modest homes and great parks.

The 1888 creation of the Bronx Parks system, 125 years ago, was perhaps the clearest turning point for the Bronx (today the greenest borough in the city), even though Pelham Bay Park would not be within the city limits for another 17 years. Dart discusses some of the reasons for and consequences of a movement to create "Free Playgrounds for the People."

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