Williamsbridge Reservoir Oval, which is also known as “the Oval or Oval Park”, is named after John Williams and is located in Bronx, New York. It is a park that has a playground, basketball and tennis courts, and it also has a football field that doubles as a soccer pitch. Furthermore, there is a newly built recreation center that is equipped with “ a playground with a spray shower and other water features, a basketball court complex with two full-sized courts, tennis courts, a synthetic turf field with a running track, and bleachers and benches. “Before it was converted into a park Williamsbridge Reservoir Oval was an active reservoir for North Bronx."
Backstory and Context
Williamsbridge Reservoir Oval was once a lake that was around 13.2 acres and was little south of Van Cortlandt. The lake was located between 208th Street and Bainbridge Avenue and according the New York Parks website on 1889 the Williamsbridge was opened. On April 3, 1934, Maurice Davidson proposed that the lake be turned into a park. In 1937, Robert Moses opened Wiliamsbridge Oval, which included football, baseball, a track, a basketball court, a tennis court, and many more. Furthermore the Oval Park or Bronx Oval was home to may sports teams including football and baseball (New York Parks). It was also the home field for the Royal Giants, which was one of the Negro Baseball teams (covehurst.)
In 1996 the Williamsbridge Reservoir Oval was renovated. The renovations included “three distinct state-of-the-art modular play structures as well as new safety surfacing.” According to New York Parks ‘”There is an extensive ground graphic system, consisting of bright multi-colored shapes which create a fanciful path for young children(New York Parks)..” Furthermore, there is a newly built recreation center that is equipped with a computer resource center, outdoor track, playground, senior citizen room, and many more. It is located at 3225 Reservoir Oval East Bronx, NY 10467 and is open Monday- Friday 8:00 am- 9:30 pm and 8:00am to 4:00 pm Saturday and Sunday(New York Parks)..