The Shandler Barbeque Area is situated between Jerome Avenue and the Major Deegan Expressway, south of East 233 Street. The recreation area has two renovated softball fields, bathrooms, benches, and a Barbeque area with grills and colorful picnic tables.
Born in 1951 to Frank and Sylvia Shandler, Allen Shandler was a local boy known for his vigor and integrity. In 1962, at just eleven years old, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Determined to live his life as any other boy his age, Allen dedicated his time to improving his community and helping those around him, displaying a maturity that earned him much respect in the community in which he lived.
Allen and his father organized a drive to raise $300,000 for the Holly Park Recreation Area in Van Cortlandt Park. After Shandler’s death in August 1966, Woodlawn resident and Council Member Mario Merola secured the funds for the recreation area. Council Member–At–Large Aileen B. Ryan and Council Member Merola introduced a bill to rename the recreation area for Allen Shandler in 1967.