In October of 1921, Endicott Johnson industrialist George F. Johnson purchased 18 acres of land on the west side of Binghamton. He then donated the land to the city to create a public park with the stipulation that it remain forever free with no fence to keep people out. The park, with its bandstand, tennis courts, swimming pool, walkways, and carousel evoke a time gone by.
Recreation Park was an important influence on the early life of Rod Serling, who used his childhood memories of the park and the Alan Herschel carousel as a setting in the classic Twilight Zone episode “Walking Distance.” Today, visitors can still feel the thrill of the carousel, hear music from the bandstand, swim, play games, and enjoy their own walk at this nostalgic stop on New York’s Path Through History.
Photos Courtesy of:
The Broome County Historical Society