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John Jay Park, New York City

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Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
John Jay Park is a 3.3-acre (13,000 m2) park in the New York City borough of Manhattan. It is located between East 76th and 78th Streets, and between the FDR Drive and a short street called Cherokee Place, on Manhattan's Upper East Side. The park is named for statesman and New York Governor John Jay.
In 1902 the city acquired through condemnation a parcel of land at the site of the park and opened a public bath house in 1906. A swimming pool and promenade was built nearby from 1940 to 1942, part of a Work Projects Administration construction program. In 1941 the bath house was renovated to include an auditorium, recreation room, gym, and changing facility which could accommodate 1,002 male and 590 female bathers. In 2010, a substantial upgrade was completed on the bath house, allowing visitors who are disabled to have full access to the facilities.
A large playground occupies almost half of the park's total acreage. The remaining half has basketball courts, handball courts, and the pool and bath house. The park is used for physical education classes by Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Lycée Français de New York, East Side Middle School, and P.S. 158.
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  • John Jay Park is a really great resource for the neighborhood. The children's playground is excellent, with a separate section for little kids. There are also handball courts, and a large open space.....  more »
  • This is a very good park. There is a pool and water sports activities. This is a ideal place for family with young kids to spend time.  more »
  • the pool is beautiful. The pool is closed. The woman wouldn't let me in because I didn't have a key. It's a beautiful pool. But you have to have a lock and a key and look good in a bathing suit...
  • This playground get busy but in a good way. Kids run around in the water. It is very fun. I can seat and supervise him from a distance with no worries for hours.

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