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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.

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MacDonald Park

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History

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

This bronze sculpture depicts Captain Gerald MacDonald (1882–1929), a Forest Hills resident who served in the 22nd and 12th Engineers in World War I. Captain MacDonald’s brother, Henry MacDonald, a member of American Forest Hills Post 630 and naval reservist in World War I, spearheaded the effort to rename the park in honor of MacDonald. The park was dedicated in 1933 and the statue was unveiled in 1934. Post 630 donated funds for the statue that was sculpted by Frederic de Henwood, who was also Henry MacDonald’s brother-in-law.

Gerald MacDonald Details

  • Location: Queens Boulevard and 71st Street
  • Sculptor: Frederic De Henwood
  • Architect: Henry Deacy
  • Description: Standing figure (over life-size) on pedestal
  • Materials: Bronze, granite
  • Cast: 1934
  • Dedicated: 1934
  • Donor: Forest Hills Post, No. 630, American Legion
  • Inscription: CAPT. GERALD MACDONALD / MEMORIAL DEDICATED BY / FOREST HILLS
    POST NO. 630 / THE AMERICAN LEGION / TO THOSE WHO SERVED / IN THE WORLD WAR / 1934/

Please note, the NAME field includes a primary designation as well as alternate namings often in common or popular usage. The DEDICATED field refers to the most recent dedication, most often, but not necessarily the original dedication date. If the monument did not have a formal dedication, the year listed reflects the date of installation.

For more information, please contact Art & Antiquities at (212) 360-8143

Park Information

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MacDonald Park Weather

  • Wed
    Becoming Sunny
    27°F
  • Thu
    Increasing Clouds
    33°F
  • Fri
    Chance Light Snow
    34°F
  • Sat
    Sunny
    21°F

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