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PARKS AND RECREATION
Jackie Robinson Park provides 10 blocks of resources, with its southern border at 145th street between Bradhurst and Edgecombe Avenues. One of four spaces designated Historic Harlem Parks, the park is noted for its strong connection with the community. Originally built as a neighborhood playground to encourage organized play for city children, and one of the ten original parks to receive a city pool, Jackie Robinson Park’s history is steeped with efforts to bring the neighborhood together in recreational fun. Along with its pool opening in 1936, a recreation center was created the same year, equipped with cardiovascular equipment, weight room, and gymnasium. The recreation center also boasts a library, computer resource center, and an arts & crafts room, among other features. Outside, the park’s amenities abound. Two baseball diamonds, basketball courts, volleyball courts, and two playgrounds (one with a water play area) provide residents with spots to compete and play. Continuing in the park’s theme of “play,” a bandshell within its boundaries hosts concerts throughout the warm season, keeping Harlem’s tradition of fostering local music alive and well.