Already back then, the area was popular among visitors who came for vacation on the river banks. After the American Independence War, celebration festivities were held here as the last of the British soldiers were leaving the city.
In the park are a few monuments: The East Coast Monument that was erected for the commemoration of the Navy and soldiers of the United States that fell in the Atlantic Ocean in World War II, and their bodies which have never been found. Other monuments are the one for the Korean War, the "Peace Garden," a monument dedicated to the victims of AIDs, and the monument for the September 11th attack called "The Counting." This globe, that was located at the center of the trade centers, and what was left after the terrible attack.
In 2005, the landscape architect Piet Oudolf added the spiral fountain, and 35 illuminated and interactive jets of water. This is an attraction for children, who will also be interested in the sea glass carousel that will take them to experience the deep sea.
Here you will find vegetable gardens, benches, running and walking trails, a promenade, quiet corners under trees, and concerts that take place under the open sky. This is an ideal place to stop, relax, have a picnic, or just look over the wonderful views.
After the war the Castle was transferred under the ownership of the city of New York and became a public park. The fortress grounds, or Castle, were covered in the mid-19th century and became a public theater, of the first in the city.
The Castle continued to fill different roles throughout American history. Among other things, it was used as a primary absorption center for immigrants. Later on it was turned into the first National Aquarium, and today is a visitor center, where tickets are sold for sailing trips to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.