Midland Field and Playground: Midland Beach, Staten Island NY

Posted by Anthony Licciardello on Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 at 7:14am.

In the community of Midland Beach, you will find two sites operated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation: Midland Field and Midland Playground.  The two parks are parallel to each other, being separated by midland_playground_1_400Midland Avenue to the Field's south and the Playground's north.  Midland Field, which is on top, is bounded to the north by Bedford Avenue, the west by Boundary Avenue, and the east by Mason Avenue.  It takes up almost eight acres of land.  Midland Playground, on the other hand, is only a fraction of Midland Field's size.  It is almost two acres in total and, like Midland Field, is bounded to the east by Mason Avenue.  However, since it does not extend as far along Midland Avenue as Midland Field does, its imaginary western boundary is Poultney Street, which actually ends when it reaches Lincoln Avenue, the Playground's southern boundary.

Midland Field was first assigned to the Board of Education in 1959 to be used by I.S. 2, which is to the left of the park, just before Boundary Avenue.  By 1962, the adjacent site was acquired.  Today, they are operated by both the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Board of Education.midland_playground_2_400

Renovations were made to both parks in 1993.  These renovations included the addition of new asphalt, benches, drainage systems, fencing, safety equipment, sprinklers, and much more.  Renovations to the fencing were also made in 1996, and again in 1998.  Between both Midland Field and Midland Playground, visitors can utilize the baseball fields, basketball courts, football fields, handball courts, soccer fields, and playground.  At Midland Field, athletic instruction is given through the Coaches on Wheels program.

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