Maple Woods: Park Hill, Staten Island

Posted by Anthony Licciardello on Monday, February 4th, 2013 at 3:48pm.

On the North Shore of Staten Island, you can find Maple Woods. This is a woodland park that is in a community Maple Woods, Staten Islandsometimes referred to as Park Hill. Maple Woods is bound by Richmond Road and is between the streets of Steuben Street, Rhine Avenue, and Pierce Street.

In 1938, the State of New York had given the City of New York the parcel of land that makes up Maple Woods, but on a contingent basis. The City of New York had to use this land for either a park or a playground. From the time the City of New York had received this land up until 1991, the site was left to its own devices. Weeds and vines started to take over the land, while people began to dump items in the park, and it started to become what looked like a vacant lot. In 1991, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation cleaned up this area to bring it back to life.

Prior to 1997, this park was known as Maple Walk. In August of 1997, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Henry Stern and Council Member Jerome X. O'Donovan renamed it as Maple Woods. The naming of the park came from the numerous Norway maple trees that are on the parcel of land.

Maple Woods is not only home to Norway maple trees.  There are also some other flowers and trees which grow there.  It is a nice place where people can go explore the woods and enjoy the natural beauty of Staten Island.

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