This park, like the street on which it lies, honors Francis J. Barretto, a 19th century merchant who lived in the area. Many streets in Hunts Point bear the names of the wealthy families who owned large tracts of land there during the 18th and 19th centuries. Coster Street, two blocks away, is named for Barretto’s wife, Julia Coster.
The original inhabitants of the area were the Weckguasgeek Native Americans, corn and tobacco farmers who called their land Quinnahung, or “planting neck.” European settlers displaced the Weckguasgeek in the 17th century. They named the peninsula Hunts Point for Thomas Hunt who settled there in 1670. The newcomers built elaborate estates and farmed the land as well.
If you're interested in the floating pool and other Barretto Point Park facilities, please visit the Barretto Point Park webpage.