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Important Winter Storm-Related Service Changes

New York City parks are now open. We continue to urge caution in parks under wintry conditions: parks paths can be slippery, snow cover can cover frozen lakes and bodies of water, and branches may have fallen. If you see a fallen branch call 311.

Some recreation centers will open from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. today with limited staffing.

For more information, please visit our Storm Update page.

Official Website of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

Hawkins Park

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


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.

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Directions to Hawkins Park

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

Hawkins Park Weather

  • Tue
    Light Snow
  • Wed
    Blowing Snow
  • Thu
    Chance Light Snow
  • Fri
    Chance Flurries

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