“After trying to start this project as a councilmember in 2001, I am ecstatic to finally see this dream come to reality and let folks witness this moment in Staten Island history,” said Borough President Oddo. “If you have played your own Game 7 of the World Series there, or had a 70 yard scamper or acrobatic catch, or drained a jumper from the baseline with seconds remaining, why don’t you join us as we cut the ribbon on the refurbished Berry’s and start a whole new universe of memorable moments."
In addition to the fields and new lighting, the park features bleacher seating, chess tables and adult fitness equipment. Find more details about this capital project here: https://www.nycgovparks.org/planning-and-building/capital-project-tracker/project/8671.
General Douglas MacArthur Park was developed as part of the General Charles W. Berry Houses public housing project, named after a former Commander of the New York National Guard and City Comptroller. The park opened in April 1951, a year after the completion of the housing complex. General Douglas MacArthur served in World War I and World War II, receiving many accolades for his bravery and ingenuity.