The New York Times published an article (October 12, 2012) by Mark Bloom commemorating the 100th anniversary of cross country running in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. Mr. Bloom's article follows on the first link.
The next link comes from Oregon remembering the 1969 NCAA cross country championships held at Van Cortlandt and won that year by Gerry Lindgren. Steve Prefontaine was third in that race behind Lindgren and Mike Ryan of the Air Force Academy.
The third article is about the old water courses that ran through the park in colonial days. The water is still there, however it runs through underground conduits. Interesting article for history nuts and conservationists.
Below are some pictures I've culled from various sources.