I enjoy this park because the track and field is honored after a remarkable man, Joseph Yancey. Originally from Harlem, he was known as a star athlete who trained many athletes across the country. Yancey dedicated most of his time to train and develop other athletes. However, the same dedication led Joseph to create his own track club (New York Pioneers Track and Field). A track club that was one of the few places that minority athletes were able to train.
Honoring Joseph Yancey, the city named the track and field within Macombs Dam Park after him.
Macombs Dam Park includes of:
- Track field
- Soccer field
- Football field
- Tennis court
- Basketball courts
- Calisthenic workout section
- Children’s playground
- Plenty of benches around the park
Personally, I love coming here on a sunny afternoon for a walk around the track field. All you need is music and comfortable sneakers! Aim for at least 6 laps of walking, stretch before and after.
The park is easily accessible as it is located across the street from Yankee Stadium, come on down for a workout, picnic, or even a kids play date!
For more information about the Joseph Yancey Park, please click here.
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