Jerome Park is located next to the Jerome Park Reservoir and between the Bronx High School of Science and Lehman College, two of the Bronx’s most important educational institutions. This park is named after Leonard W. Jerome (1817-1891), a prominent and wealthy Brooklyn citizen. He was a successful stock speculator, making and losing several fortunes and, in the process, earning the nickname “King of Wall Street.” He was also the principal owner of The New York Times for several years, the founder of the American Academy of Music, and the maternal grandfather of Sir Winston Churchill.
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The Jerome Park Reservoir will be closed to construct a jogging trail around the perimeter of the Reservoir. The 5-foot wide stone screening trail is being constructed to run adjacent to the existing concrete sidewalk. Where appropriate, the trail will include plantings, new seating and outdoor fitness equipment stations. Fort Independence Park will also be reconstructed, including the jogging trail, dog run, and basketball courts. New fitness equipment will be added for community use.
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