At the bottom of the natural cliff face between West 145th and West 155th Streets is one of the most diverse parks in Harlem. The NYC Parks Department even calls this park a "jewel" in Harlem because it has so much to offer the surrounding community. Originally built as a centerpiece to bring the community together, the park features playgrounds, a swimming pool, a band shell, a large open-air plaza, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, and a children's study room with computers and desks.
In the north side of the park, from 149th Street to 155th Streets, there is a playground area for children including a big fountain to enjoy on a hot day, restroom facilities for men and women, two basketball courts, two squash courts, and two small baseball diamonds which would be great for a little league game or a softball game.
From 148th Street and below to 145th street, there is a staircase that brings you into the section of the park that has plenty of shade, benches, stone-paved ground, the open-air plaza and an amazing band shell that was constructed in the 1930s. The swimming pool at Jackie Robinson Park is enormous. It is bigger than an Olympic-sized pool and it actually was one of the first NYC pools to be opened in a park back in 1936. Truly a historical masterpiece, the entire park is loaded with activities and fun. Enjoy a concert or pick up some fresh veggies from the local farmers market on the weekend, Jackie Robinson Park is a wonderful neighborhood centerpiece in Hamilton Heights.