Photo credit: nycgovpark.org
Although Islanders relate the Expressway with a hassle, without it we would not have the Westwood Park. "Master Builder" Robert Moses is linked to the development of the route and park.
Nycgovpark.org states, "In his effort to bring New York into the automobile era, Moses constructed 416 miles of highway and 13 bridges. Westwood Park and the Staten Island Expressway for which this land was acquired."
The land was an undeveloped land until 1973. A local community group turned the park into a playground consisting of a basketball court, obstacle coure, slide, park benches and more. It was named Sunrise Hill Park; however, it was all destroyed by local teenagers and the park was restored back to its natural state in 1980.
Commissioner Stern renamed the park Westwood after Westwood Avenue, which is south of the area.