|Location||on the corner of Spring Street and Mulberry Street in NoLita, in Manhattan, New York City|
The park honors two leaders in New York City’s Italian-American community: John DeSalvio (1881–1948), and his son Louis DeSalvio (1910–2004). John DeSalvio, a first-generation American, served as district leader of the Second Assembly District (West), and was one of a few Italian-Americans in the Tammany Hall political organization. Louis DeSalvio served as Second District New York State Assemblyman, and sponsored the creation of this playground.
The City of New York acquired the property in 1954 by condemnation. In 1955, Louis DeSalvio had the New York City Council enact a local law naming it "John DeSalvio Park". The name was later shortened. When the playground opened on December 15, 1955, it had swings, slides, seesaws, play equipment, a shower basin, game tables, and benches.
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