McGorlick Park

Park Amenities

  • Dogrun
  • Playground/Children’s Water Sprinkler
  • Landmark Structure
  • Comfort Station
  • Gardens
  • Historical Statues

History

Monsignor McGolrick Park is a graceful, gardened park, with walkways lined by 100+ year old trees, featuring the French neo-classical styled Shelter Pavillion as its centerpiece. The Shelter Pavillion was designed by Helme and Huberty (who also designed the Greenpoint Savings Bank, as well as Prospect Park’s Tennis House and Boathouse) and built in 1910. The National Register and NYC have awarded it landmark status.

 

A bronze sculpture of a serene, winged woman (by Carl Augustus Heber, 1923) holds symbols for peace and victory, honoring the 150 residents of Greenpoint who fought in World War I. The pedestal is inscribed with the names of battle sites in France.

 

The park also includes a monument to the civil war ironclad ship the USS Monitor, and its designer, John Ericsson. The Monitor was assembled at the Continental Iron Works, in Greenpoint, and launched from Greenpoint. The battle between the Monitor and the Merrimack ended in a draw, but is historically significant as marking the transition from sails and wood hulls, to steampower and iron fabrication in naval warfare. The 1939 sculpture by Antonio de Filippo, commemorates the battle, the innovative design, and is sited for Greenpoint’s part in national history.

 

In 1941, what was Winthrop Park was renamed for Monsignor Edward J. McGolrick, pastor of local St. Cecilia’s Church for 50 years.