Monument Park is a park located in the New York City boro of The Bronx .
You won’t find this park located on the list of New York City parks, though.
However, it’s just as popular as Central Park, maybe even more popular .
Many people don’t know about this park, but many people do, and most of them aren’t from New York City .
It’s free to enter this park but there’s a catch.
To get to Monument Park, you have to have a ticket.
Not just any kind of ticket , a ticket to a baseball game .
Monument Park is located inside of Yankee Stadium, the home of one of the most famous baseball teams in North America, the New York Yankees .
It’s located right in the middle of center field.
If your 30 Plus Teams Tour of New York City just happens to include a Yankees baseball game, I would advise you to get to Yankee Stadium early to not only watch the Yankees and their opponents take batting practice but to walk around Monument Park, which is designed in a circle,and look at all the plaques honoring former Yankee players .
If you happen to be a huge baseball fan, you’ll enjoy seeing the plaques and retired numbers of former Yankees greats like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig , and Joe DiMaggio, who most people know as being Marilyn Monroe’s ex husband.
Younger baseball fans will enjoy seeing the plaques and retired numbers of the Yankees players who are known as “The Core Five”, Andy Petitte, Jorge Posada, Bernie Williams, Mariano Rivera , and Derek Jeter.
Right in the middle of Monument Park, there is a huge plaque of the man that Yankee fans affectionately know as “The Boss”.
(Non Yankees fans know him by some other not too nice name, by the way.)
He is the late owner of the team, George Steinbrenner.
You don’t have to be a baseball fan to enjoy Monument Park .
There are plaques commemorating the visits of Pope John Paul the Sixth and Nelson Mandela .
Like many major league baseball parks in the country , you’ll see a plaque with tge number 42 on it, which was the number worn by Jackie Robinson, who was the first player to intergrate major league baseball.
There is another plaque in Monument Park that stands apart from the other plaques.
Many people want to see this one just to pause and reflect.
They aren’t all baseball fans either.
It’s the plaque for 9-11 .