feild_1_400Clawson Playground is located in the Staten Island neighborhood of Oakwood. It is bordered by streets on just two sides. To the north is Adelaide Avenue and to the east is Clawson Street. Clawson Playground has the facilities of a baseball field, basketball hoops, a play unit, and an open grassy field. This park is connected to and is part of Public School 50's schoolyard.

Clawson Playground was named after the Clawson family. The Clawsons were one of the prominent Staten Island families starting in the late 18th century. They resided on New Dorp Lane until the mid to late 19th century in a colonial-style house. In the cemetery of the Church of St. Andrew's you can find twenty-seven members buried.


The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation obtained the land for this playground in April of 1955. In 1958, the Department of Education opened Public School 50 for use. It wasn't until June of 1959 when the playground was finished being built and opened. Inside the Clawson Park, Staten Islandschoolyard are the baseball field, basketball hoops, a play unit, and an outdoor classroom. The baseball field is painted on the asphalt surface so it can be used for many different purposes, like baseball or kickball. The basketball hoops are positioned around the schoolyard for use. The play unit and outdoor classroom are located behind the school and can be entered through Platt Street. There is also an open field for the local children to play in and for teachers to use as an outdoor classroom.

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