In 1867, Czechoslovakian Moritz Glauber immigrated to New York. After settling in Colorado and opening his own department store, he removed to Tennessee with his new wife, Elsa. By 1910, the couple was living on Staten Island, where they owned a 35-acre estate. In 1944, while living alone in New York City, Moritz Glauber passed away. On January 17, 1958, the estate was acquired by the City of New York, who transferred the site to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Soon afterward, a little less than five acres were transformed into a park.
For about three decades, the park of which we speak was comprised of nothing more than vegetation. This all changed on February 26 of 1991, when the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation allowed the Eagle Recreation Management company to erect recreational facilities on the site. The Eagle Recreation Management company constructed batting cages, a miniature golf course, a snack bar, and a pro shop on the site. They operated these facilities for ten years, as per their agreement with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.
In 1996, New York City Parks Department Commissioner Henry J. Stern was giving names to many parks. He named this site Sports Park. Three years later, on April 26, a contract was signed with Staten Island Hockey. During their operation of the park, they made many improvements to the facilities already existing on the site, such as the installation of new equipment for the batting cages. In addition to the improvements, Staten Island Hockey constructed a roller-hockey rink on the site.
Sports Park is located just below the Staten Island expressway, to the west of Todt Hill. It is bordered to the west by Manor Road and to the south by Schmidts Lane. Its eastern boundary is the Staten Island Chinese Christian Church. The name Sports Park has been lost among the local residents of Staten Island, although the facilities are all still there. In fact, Sports Park is one of the most popular places for children on Staten Island, however small it may seem. The site is better known as Staten Island Go Karts, as that is the newest attraction that has been added to the park.
Sports Park is open during the spring and summer seasons. Though the hours change often, they are usually open from noon until 10 p.m. during the weekdays and from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. It costs six dollars per person to play the eighteen holes on the rather large miniature golf course. The Go-Kart track has twelve go-karts which seat one person and six which seat two people. It costs six dollars for drivers and three dollars for passengers. The nine batting cages offer baseball and softball pitching at a cost of $2.50 for eighteen pitches.
As for the hockey rink, on most days you will find leagues playing. There are three different age groups which play as leagues. The youth leagues consist of children from nine to thirteen years old, and teenagers from fourteen to eighteen years old. To enter the adult league, you must be at least seventeen years old. While entering one of the leagues may be costly, you can also try open hockey, which costs fifteen dollars. Open hockey takes place from 7:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Like the adult league, participants must be at least seventeen years old to play.