When the Colonial Park recreational pool was set up back in the 1930's, it became an oasis for city kids in the summer but that was not always the case. The park that spans the lower half of the promontory cliff of Edgecombe Avenue (from 145th to 155th Street), now known as Jackie Robinson Park, also went through some rough times as per one of our reader's comments:
"I lived a few blocks away from Colonial Park on w.145st between Broadway and Amsterdam and was in easy walking distance to this park and pool.
Unfortunately in the mid '60's and 70's this park was dangerous and we could not use this pool as kids were often jumped and robbed if we appeared not to be of the immediate neighborhood.
Instead we would travel up to Highbridge Park and Pool. At this time Washington Heights and the surrounding areas was beautifully maintained clean and safe. We would rather travel to Highbridge rather than go to Colonial which was sad as it was a beautiful pool and fairly well kept park.
I'm glad to see the park has been restored as it truly went down hill in the '70's."
The top photo shows the armory-like structure that fronts the pool and one can actually see the pool when walking by the south end (lower image). See the original history of the park in our past post: LINK. Photos by Ulysses