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Martin Luther King Jr. Playground (Linton Park)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park

Location: Dumont Ave., Blake Ave. Bet. Bradford St. And Miller Ave., Brooklyn, New York

Acres: 2.29

The City of Brooklyn purchased this property from the German-American Improvement Company in 1896 and named it Linton Park. The consolidation of New York City in 1898 caused this and all of Brooklyn’s parklands to be placed under the jurisdiction of the city. Soon after King’s death, several city leaders proposed renaming this park in honor of the martyred civil rights leader. In a memo circulated to support the name change, King was described as “an outstanding representative of all America” and “an eloquent spokesman for the humanitarian ideals of universal peace and freedom.” The property was officially renamed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park by local law on May 29, 1970. The park contains benches, play equipment with safety surfacing, a flagpole with yardarm, a comfort station, spray shower, swings for tots, basketball and handball courts, a drinking fountain, and grassy play area. In 1997, Mayor Giuliani funded a $95,225 renovation to furnish new play equipment and safety surfacing for the park.

Hours: Daily, dawn to dusk

Comments

Comment from GEORGE E. KOWALCZYK
Time August 26, 2011 at 2:27 am

HAVING VISITED THE PARK RECENTLY, IT LOOKS GREAT. I LIVED AT 462 BRADFORD ST. AND 600 MILLER AVE. FROM 1949-1967. THE COMMUNITY HAS DONE A GREAT JOB IN CARING FOR THE PARK.

Comment from admin
Time August 26, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Hi George,

Did you go by your old house? I pass 462 Bradford often when running errands. There are still a few people in the neighborhood that remember how nice the park was and work very hard trying to return it to its former glory. I played there often as a child.

Comment from Deborah Ray
Time September 12, 2011 at 5:45 pm

I lived in the area in the early 60’s glad to see this landmark is still there.

Comment from Deborah Ray
Time September 12, 2011 at 5:55 pm

I live in another state now. The memories never leave me. My mom was a pioneer for the Bradford st. block assn. I went to P.S. 182 and resided at 517 Bradford st. until I was 23 yrs old. ENY was beautiful back then and in many ways still is today. I even knew Granville Payne and his wife amazing. Of course this was way before the park was named MLK Park. I remember the black out of 1965 too. As far as I know the ppl we sold our house to STILL live there.

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