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Astoria Park, Astoria

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Astoria Park, a 59.96acre park located along the East River in the New York City borough of Queens, contains one of the largest open spaces in Queens. The park is operated and maintained by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Situated in Astoria and adjacent to the Triborough (Robert F. Kennedy) and Hell Gate Bridges, the park contains New York City's oldest and largest swimming pool. The outdoor 54450ft2 pool, planned by Robert Moses, was used for qualifying events for the 1936 and 1964 Summer Olympics.Other attractions include bocce courts, fourteen tennis courts, two playgrounds, a skatepark, and one track for running. One of the playgrounds, Charybdis Playground, is across Hell Gate from Scylla Point on Wards Island. In 2001, the two features were named after Scylla and Charybdis, two water hazards of the Odyssey, after Henry Stern petitioned to the federal government to rename what was then known as "Negro Point". The names stem from the dangerous whirlpools in the waters of Hell Gate. On Independence Day, the Queens Symphony Orchestra plays in Astoria Park during the fireworks show. Upcoming events are posted on the parks department website.
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  • This is one of my favorite parks in New York. Astoria Park offers activities for everyone. It has basketball courts, tennis courts, running tracks, playgrounds and even an outdoor swimming pool for th...  more »
  • Astoria Park is not the most gorgeous and well maintained of the city parks, but it is a great space for doggy play time, long walks along the trail through the big tall trees, a quiet picnic with a c...  more »
  • The Park is cute, we visited him in the Sunday afternoon in winter, very quiet and little frequented, ideal for walking or running in the afternoon. The vegetation by the winter was somewhat limited, however still looking cute. Linda view of the East river and Manhattan from the Park.
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  • This park is amazing. It’s huge and honestly, it’s home to many in Astoria. I grew up here and have fond memories of my father here when he was alive and we’d go to play at the park. The water view is amazing. I’m proud to be from Astoria. Walking here during the summer is a bit crowded but so worth it at certain times. If u haven’t been there or if u need a quick breathe of fresh air, go to Astoria park. I consider it therapeutic. I’ve been going there since I was born ❤️
  • One of the few great parks in New York City outside of Manhattan's central park. A great place to bring family and kids in nice weather. The pool provides much need relief in the summer. If your a runner the running paths and track give you some great reasons to go for a run. The view of the RFK bridge, Hells Gate Bridge and of Manhattan are unmatched in this part of Queens. It can be a much greater park for more people if there would be more funding given to Astoria Park Alliance; the main non profit that keeps maintain the park year round to augment the NYC parks staff.
  • Great park in the area. There's a track for running, pull up bars and push up bars for body weight training, an awesome and clean swimming pool in the summer months, a skate park and it's right on the river for amazing and scenic walks through the park. One of my favorite places to come no matter the time of year.
  • Beautiful park next to the East River. I love the running track, the basketball courts, the children playground. My kids grew up going to this park. It has a very beautiful look to it.
  • Sometimes the dead grass gives way to dirt that then swirls up in the wind to blow in your face. Other than that, where else can you enjoy full grown trees, the inlet, open space, and a decently pleasant, quiet day? Unless the Hindi families set up their PA system for a 100+ person family gathering... just saying, it gets kind of rude!

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