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The Daily Plant : Monday, September 28, 2009

Parks Cuts Ribbon on Renovated Bandshell at Jackie Robinson Park

Photo by Malcolm Pinckney

On September 26, Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined City Council Member Robert Jackson, Assembly Member Herman D. Farrell, and Susan Thomas, granddaughter of Jackie Robinson, to cut the ribbon on $2 million in improvements to the Jackie Robinson Park bandshell. Dancers from the Uptown Dance Academy, singer Sonya Rogers-Simmons, and a jazz quartet performed during the event, in addition to a reading of a poem about Jackie Robinson by local schoolchildren.

“The newly restored bandshell will continue a 75-year tradition of live music and performance in this historic Harlem Park, thanks to a generous funding allocation from City Council Member Robert Jackson,” said Commissioner Benepe. “This elegant performance space has been renovated with all new lighting, stage, dressing rooms and is now ADA accessible. One of the park’s original WPA-era structures, the Jackie Robinson Park bandshell is ready for the spotlight.”

The renovation reconstructed the bandshell, allowing use of the interior dressing rooms, and added new lighting, stage floor, and ADA access. The majority of the funding for the $2 million project was provided by an allocation from Council Member Jackson, with an additional $178,000 allocation from Mayor Bloomberg, and a $250,000 New York State grant.

A park for all seasons, Jackie Robinson Park features ten blocks of recreational amenities and is one of the four Historic Harlem Parks. The park is noted for its strong connection with the community thanks to users who frequent the pool, recreation center, sports fields, and performance area. Within the park is a memorial to all-star athlete Jackie Robinson, who is honored as an inspiration to young people both on and off the field.

The Jackie Robinson Park bandshell and bandshell terrace were constructed in the 1930s, dating to the same time period as the bath house, swimming and diving pools, which were part of the WPA pool program. The bandshell and bandshell terrace (originally dance floor) follow the design characteristics of the Romanesque Revival and Art Moderne style bathhouse, with rounded and curvilinear forms.

The Jackie Robinson Pool and Recreation Center, including the swimming pool, bath house, diving pool, bandshell and dance floor were designated as a New York City landmark in April 2007.


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“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.”

(from As You Like It)

William Shakespeare
(1564 – 1616)

Directions to Jackie Robinson Park

Know Before You Go

There are currently 2 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

ParkJackie Robinson Park

As a part of our Parks Without Borders initiative, reconstruction of Jackie Robinson Park is now underway. This project will reconstruct stairways, fencing, sidewalks, and entrances along Edgecombe Avenue. Follow this project on the Parks Capital Tracker for updates.

Anticipated Completion: Winter 2020

Recreation CentersJackie Robinson Recreation Center

Tennis for Kids will be cancelled on Saturday, February 15, 2020 and Saturday, February 29, 2020. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Anticipated Completion: 03/01/2020

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