Sara Delano Roosevelt Park in New York City
Sara Delano Roosevelt Park is a 7.8 acre park in the Lower East Side of the New York City borough of Manhattan. The park, named after Sara Roosevelt, the mother of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, stretches north-south between East Houston Street on the Lower East Side and Canal Street in Chinatown, between Chrystie Street on the west and Forsyth Street on the east. The park is operated and maintained by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.
The park cuts off Stanton, Rivington, Broome and Hester Streets between Chrystie and Forsyth streets, but is interrupted at Delancey and Grand Streets.
The park offers playing surfaces for several sports, including a basketball court, roller skating rink and a soccer field.
Land between Chrystie and Forsyth Street was originally acquired to by the City of New York in 1929 for the purpose of widening Chrystie and Forsythe Streets and building low-cost housing, but was instead used for parkland, and dedicated to Sara Roosevelt in 1934.
In the park, just south of Stanton Street, the M’Finda Kalunga Garden honors the memory of an African-American burial ground that was located on nearby Chrystie Street between Rivington and Stanton Streets. A commemorative plaque was installed in 1983.
- Sara D Roosevelt Park information at the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation Website.