Jackie Robinson Park Recreation Center
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85 Bradhurst Avenue
Jackie Robinson Park rests within the Hamilton Heights neighborhood under the culturally Black enclave of Sugar Hill Historic District. Bordered by 145th Street to the south and 155th to the north, and then Bradhurst Avenue to the East and Edgecombe to the west—it covers ten city blocks and was designed to bring the community together. According to Neal, “Harlem was a countrified area of the city where many wealthy Caucasian families built grand estates during the hot summer months when lower Manhattan was unbearable.” Jackie Robinson Park, formerly known as Colonial Park, sits on land that was part of the Bradhurst Estate established by wealthy businessman and author, Samuel Bradhurst. Today Harlem residents in the area enjoy park amenities such as basketball courts, baseball fields, entertainment, and the popular swimming pool.