Maurice A. Fitzgerald Playground
In 1929 FitzGerald was elected to the State Assembly where he served for nine years. During his tenure he actively supported laws that extended the parkways through Queens, earning him the moniker "The Father of Queens Parkways." FitzGerald also led a successful campaign to regulate utility companies, saving taxpayers millions of dollars. A staunch supporter of civil service and labor, he sponsored many pro-worker bills, including ones that restricted court injunctions and prohibited contracts that prevented workers from joining unions.
In 1937 FitzGerald was elected Sheriff of
Later that year, the City Council named a new playground for FitzGerald in Ozone park where he had been a long time resident. FitzGerald had been instrumental in securing this site as a park and had participated in the groundbreaking ceremonies months before his death.
The playground's facilities were improved in 1999 with the completion of a capital renovation that included new modular play equipment, a spray shower, benches and sitting areas, along with extensive greens and shrubs. The playground's design was inspired by FitzGerald's Irish heritage, and features sheep play sculptures, a "woven" paving pattern, wool-colored concrete, a shepherd's crook set into the center of the spray area, and planting of Lamb's Ear, Sheepberry, and Sheep Laurel.
Erected by NYC Parks.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work
Location. 40° 41.435′ N, 73° 50.386′ W. Marker is in Ozone Park, New York, in Queens County. Marker is on Atlantic Avenue west of 106th Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ozone Park NY 11416, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Anthony Hospital (approx. 0.6 miles away); Morris Park World War I Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. ¾ mile away); Sergeant Joseph E. Schaefer Oval (approx. ¾ mile away); Mae West (approx. 0.8 miles away); Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua (approx. 1.1 miles away); Woodhaven Patriotic League World War II Honor Roll (approx. 1.1 miles away); First House Number in Queens (approx. 1.1 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on May 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 16, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 70 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on May 16, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. 2. submitted on May 17, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.