Greenwich Avenue by Lewis Street
Jaycee Pocket Park (.07 acre)
At this writing the small pocket park located north of Lewis Street on the west side of Greenwich Ave. next to the American Institute of Foreign Studies is undergoing renovation. Even now, however, it offers a quiet place for a brown bag lunch, or a respite from all the "getting and spending" going on on the Avenue.
Over two decades ago, there existed only a small roadway leading from Greenwich Ave. to the Benedict Place parking lot. When Lewis St. was extended to Benedict Place, the roadway was closed and the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce began development of a park proposal.
Working with the Town's Department of Public Works, the Jaycees raised the funds and contributed their own labor to begin construction on July 5, 1974. The park was finished and given to the Town of Greenwich just before the Fourth of July parade marched down the Avenue in 1975.
To commemorate the Nation's Bicentennial, the Jaycees decorated the Greenwich Avenue entrance with a sculpture of an American Bald Eagle by Lubomiv Tomaszenski, presented to the Town of Greenwich in May 1976. It is now being repaired after a bicycle mishap, but will soon be on its perch once again, guarding the newly planted park.