Franz Sigel is a pastoral park, featuring large open meadows, forested hillsides and a delightful winding path to take it all in. Covering 16 acres of land, the park also includes basketball courts and baseball fields at the south end, the neighborhood's only enclosed dog park, restroom facilities and a beautiful pergola at the highest point. The park is named after Franz Sigel (1824-1902), a German immigrant who was an educator, soldier, journalist and public official. The parkland also has significance in the early history of the Bronx. One of its paths was used by Native Americans, and--during the Revolutionary War--George Washington and other military officials used the site to monitor British troop movements alongside the Harlem River.
Joyce Kilmer Park features a playground, large open lawns and water fountains. It is named after Alfred Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918), a writer, poet, journalist and soldier. Kilmer was a New Jersey native and is most famous for his 1913 poem, "Trees." A plaque on one of the paths commemorates this poem. The park's most distinguishing feature is the historic Lorelei fountain, which dates back to 1899. This beautiful, white marble piece originated in Germany and celebrates the German poet, Heinrich Heine (1797-1856), author of "The Lorelei," a poem based on a German mythological siren who lured sailors to their deaths on the Rhine. Nearby stands a prominent statue of Louis J. Heintz, an early Bronx civic leader.
Mullaly Park encompasses a large greenspace with a wide variety of feature. These include baseball fields, basketball courts, soccer fields, handball courts, a bike and skate park, playgrounds, an outdoor pool, water features, a recreation facility and restrooms. One of the centerpieces of Mullaly Park is its beautiful, formal rose garden. this park is named after John Mullaly, well known and controversial reporter, editor and civic leader.
Macombs Dam Park is an expansive greenspace of 44 acres offering some of the best sports facilities in New York City, including baseball fields on the very ground where the original Yankee Stadium once stood. The park also includes Joseph Yancey Track and Field facility, with its state-of-the-art 400-meter track, an all-weather soccer/football field and a grandstand with seating for up to 600 patrons. Macombs Dam Park also has handball courts, basketball courts, a setting for adult fitness activities, a children's playground and restroom facilities. Historical elements include the Lion Fountain and the recently installed WWI Doughboy memorial statue. The name of the park is derived from a dam and bridge across the Harlem River between Manhattan and the Bronx in New York City, erected as early as 1814. Later the dam was replaced with a swing bridge that can swivel.