In January 2012, the park was renamed for Julia de Burgos, considered one of the greatest poets of Latin America. Burgos, born in Puerto Rico, published the first of three books of her poetry in 1938. The following year, she followed Dominican revolutionary Juan Isidro Jimeses Grullón to Cuba and then to New York. She then remained in New York, often taking menial jobs, but continuing to write, often against racial discrimination, oppression and fascism. She is recognized as a feminist and activist who lived during a time when women were expected to fulfill traditional roles. Burgos's poems are a combination of intimate, the land, and the social struggle of the oppressed. She died of pneumonia at the young age of 39. Today there are schools and parks in both the east coast and Puerto Rico that honor her name and spirit.
4th Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.