Seward Park is a public park and playground located in the Lower East Side, near the edge of Chinatown. This park was built back in 1903. It was among the first fruits of The Outdoor Recreation League’s (ORL) initiative to create a safe place where children could play and neighbors could gather. After several different renovations and reconstructions, the park still serves the same function.
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While the Outdoor Recreation League was created for the Jewish immigrants, a majority of the park users are Chinese immigrants. The strong presence of the Chinese immigrants has brought different activities, such as dance and Tai Chi, into the park. In addition, many of the park visitors have the option to visit the Seward Park Library. The library has a Chinese presence similar to the park.
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