Located inside Silver Lake Park, the first city park to be established on Staten Island, Silver Lake was created in 1917 when water was brought there from the Ashokan Reservoir in Ulster County, New York, 119 miles (192 km) away, to fill it. The project took three days and was completed on October 25. The reservoir became the largest body of fresh water on Staten Island.
Silver Lake Park has many attractions, such as tennis courts, an 18 hole public golf course, a baseball field, play area, and dog run.
The neighborhood to the east and south features several large privately owned apartment buildings and three cemeteries along Victory Boulevard. Also included is the neighborhood on the other side of the adjacent Silver Lake golf course, a series of mostly dead end streets located above Forest Avenue. At the top of Hart Blvd are the Silver Lake Tennis Courts. To the west of this neighborhood is Grymes Hill and Sunnyside, where the Mid-Island region is said to begin (the Silver Lake section being reckoned as part of the North Shore).