Bloomingdale Park, Staten Island

Posted by Anthony Licciardello on Sunday, April 15th, 2012 at 8:30pm.

parksign_400Bloomingdale Park is located on the South Shore of Staten Island. The park is mainly bordered by Lenevar Avenue, Drumgoole Road West, Ramona Avenue, and Bloomingdale Road. The park is also bisected by Maguire Avenue with a pathway connecting the two ends of the street. In the 1960s, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation obtained the 138 acres of land to protect the area from development. Up until 2003, the park was comprised of only natural woodlands.

In 2003, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation started to renovate approximately 15-acres of the park east of Maguire Ave. They added three sports fields, two basketball courts, a playground area, a comfort station, a bocce ball court, new walking and bike paths, and a playground_640dog run. The sports fields are made up of a baseball field, a softball field, and a soccer field. The playground area has a play unit, spray showers, swings, a handicapped accessible play area, and the comfort station along with benches and picnic tables. The new walking paths give access to most of the park for nice nature walks. These paths include asphalt service paths, stone screening footpaths, bridges, and wetland boardwalks. There is also a small pond habitat that was made accessible through the new paths, on the corner of Drumgoole Road West and Maguire Avenue. The bike path was created along the streets that border the park. These renovations to the park were completed by 2008.

The other 123-acres of land that are to the west of Maguire Avenue were left alone as a natural habitat for plants and animals. This section of the park was made accessible through the new paths that were created during the renovations

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