John Jay Park is a 3.3acre 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.Take a look at our New York City trip planner to schedule your visit to John Jay Park and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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.
John Jay Park Reviews
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 f... 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 »
John Jay Park is one of the city's most lovely park. Located in a totally residential area, it has one of the best children's playground, a clean safe public pool, handball courts, trees and benches and a large cement area for dogs and people. It is clean and pleasant. I go there often.
Large open spaces. Basketball courts, tennis, basic exercise machines, overlooks the FDR DRIVE and EAST RIVER. 2 Children's playgrounds, sand box, tire swing, toddler swings, regular swings, many climbing apparatus. Large swimming pool, open last week of June to 1st week of September, dumb. Too many silly rules, hard to have fun here. Point off for pool.
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