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Kelly Fields

The northwest corner of Van Cortlandt Park is home to Kelly Fields, named in honor of Frank Kelly, a devoted North Riverdale community leader, whose local contributions extend beyond his unduly short life. An attorney by profession, Kelly founded the North Riverdale Civic Association and was a member of Community Planning Board 14, now Community Board 8. Kelly died of a heart attack in July 1971 at the age of 33, prompting members of various organizations to seek an appropriate memorial to him. Located in the neighborhood that felt his influence the most, Kelly Fields was named by a local law in 1972, and dedicated in 1973.

In 1994, Council Member June M. Eisland provided $280,000 for a reconstruction of Kelly Fields, which is located along Broadway at West 260th Street. Today, the site includes two Little League baseball diamonds with chain link backstops, drinking fountains, bleachers, and benches.