NYC Resources311Office of the Mayor

Hawkins Park

City Island Ave. bet. Fordham St. and Hawkins St.

Bronx

Directions via Google Maps

This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

This park honors United States Navy Seaman Second Class and City Island native Leonard Hillson Hawkins who died while serving on the U.S.S. Delaware in World War I. Hawkins was serving on the battleship Delaware while it protected American interests in Mexico during 1914 and 1915, and later when it managed to evade torpedoes during two submarine attacks while escorting merchant vessels to Norway in February of 1918. The Delaware protected two more convoys during March and April of that year, but during the trip home Hawkins died of cerebrospinal fever (spinal meningitis) on July 26, 1918. Four days later, the Delaware arrived at Hampton Roads, Virginia.

A granite monument with a bronze plaque in Hawkins Park now honors Hawkins and 104 young men from City Island who served in World War I. The Bronx American Legion Post number 156 is named after Hawkins, and its women’s auxiliary was responsible for the monument’s construction.

Read More

Directions to Hawkins Park

  • Hawkins Park, August 30, 2010
  • Hawkins Park, August 30, 2010
  • Hawkins Park, August 30, 2010

Hawkins Park Weather

  • Fri
    Mostly Cloudy
    58°F
  • Sat
    Rain
    53°F
  • Sun
    Windy
    52°F
  • Mon
    Sunny
    56°F

7-day forecast

Was this information helpful?