On January 30, 1952, the City of New York acquired a parcel of land which was made up of only three acres. The site was owned by the New York City Housing Authority, who had a housing complex built on an adjacent lot, at 200 grandview_park_400Lockman Avenue. The housing complex became known as the Mariners' Harbor Houses, due to the fact that it is located in the neighborhood which bears the same name. On June 27, 1957, the New York City Housing Authority leased the three-acre parcel of land to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. There, they constructed what would be known as the Mariners' Harbor Houses Playground.

With the Mariners' Harbor Houses housing complex bordering the park to the north and east, that leaves just two other boundaries. To the west of the park is Grandview Avenue and to the south is Continental Place. In 1985, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation Commission Henry J. Stern renamed the park as Grandview Playground, for its neighboring street. Even to this day, Grandview Playground is operated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. However, it is still owned by the New York City Housing Authority.

During the 1990s, many renovations were made to Grandview Playground. In 1995, new play equipment and safety surfacing were installed. The following year saw a renovation which involved chain link fences, guiderails, and more safety surfacing. In 1997, repairs were made to the play equipment and safety surfacing, as well as to the handball courts.



Now that we have mentioned the handball courts, let us tell you what else you can find at Grandview Playground. Along Grandview Avenue, you will find most of the park's facilities. At the northern corner of the park, you will findgrandview_park2_400 the two handball courts. Just below these, you have the basketball courts. Underneath these courts you have a swing set accompanied by restrooms. Then, you have the Mariners' Harbor Playground Outdoor Mini Pool. This pool is forty feet by twenty feet, and is three feet deep. Below the pool is the playground, which is at the corner of Grandview Avenue and Continental Place. On Continental Place, to the right of the playground, you have a baseball diamond with an enormous field.

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