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Jackie Robinson Park

West Harlem / Hamilton Heights / Sugar Hill

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This park was acquired by the City of New York between 1894-99 and opened as a playground in 1911. Originally called Colonial Park, its construction was part of a nation-wide reform effort to provide organized play to children in inner cities. In the 1930s, Parks utilized the resources of the Works Progress Administration to further improve the park. Parks architect Aymar Embury II designed an additional playground, basketball and volleyball courts, roller skating areas, and a wading pool. The opening of the Colonial Park Pool, one of ten pools completed in 1936 by Robert Moses, attracted an audience of 25,000 people.

A bronze bust of Jackie Robinson by Inge Hardison was installed inside the pool and recreation center entryway at West 147th Street and Bradhurst Avenue in 1981. The park was renamed for Jackie Robinson in 1978 under a local law introduced by Councilmember Fred Samuel and signed by Mayor Edward I. Koch

85 Bradhurst Avenue
New York, NY 10039
Cross Streets: West 146th Street & Bradhurst Avenue
Directions via Google Maps

Located in Jackie Robinson Park


Phone: (212) 234-9607 (212) 234-9608
Fax: (212) 234-5683

This is an Accessible Recreation Center.

Since 1910, the Department of Parks & Recreation has provided the most affordable and extensive network of recreational services throughout New York City. Our recreation centers offer facilities such as indoor pools, weight rooms, basketball courts, and dance studios, art studios, game rooms, and libraries. All of our recreation centers offer a range of programs for people of all ages.

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Registration Hours:
Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


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