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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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  • Nice water and city view. Relaxing to sit on a bench and people/dog watch. Great walking /running / bicycling paths. Grass to put blankets and lie down. Activities to watch. Great to take children of ...  more »
  • I walked Astoria park everyday during my 5 day stay in the area. There is so much to see/do there! There is an olympic sized pool, free and open in the summer, walking trails, skate park, 2 running tr...  more »
  • This is a nice little park - it has a big sloping lawn where you can lay out and relax, a kids playground that is excellent, a big public pool, tennis courts, basketball, and a new Bocci Ball court. J...  more »
  • I really enjoy Astoria Park. The whole park has a wonderful view of the east river and Manhattan. Situated right under a bridge to Manhattan. You can walk along the sidewalk near-ish the water or take the other short walking paths. The track is nice if you like to run or walk. Good place for a picnic get together and good place for families. Noticed a playground and basketball courts too. Lots of shade and trees but also opportunities to be in the sun.
  • Astoria Park ~ Gorgeous, Family friendly, Hip. Astoria pk has grass, track field where the public can walk and in center lays a big patch of grass for anyone to play or sit on. There is a skate park, walking roads and some trails although not many specific trails but park roads and walking paths. The view is stunning my suggestion is spend the evening there with friends and or family bring a blanket, some snacks, wine and music or maybe a frisbee it is a very relaxed atmosphere. Great place to walk around and workout too. I do not recommend it for bike riding as it seems a bit congested there for that compared to other parks ive been to. Still very relaxing. Cleanliness level is at a medium high compared to just several years ago. 😎
  • Wonderful pool and tons of fun. Great organization by staff for park resources. Cashless tolling makes navigating here a breeze.
  • My favorite park in Astoria, Queens. The view is breathtaking no matter what time of the day or season. I've been coming here for the last 15 years and I've seen lots of improvements over the years. Congrats to the city for taking care of it! Kudos to the people visiting for keeping it clean too. Just the bikers are too loud and disruptive of the peaceful scene, what can we do? We got to share the planet with the inconsiderate too, but they're not that many thankfully.
  • Views of the city and east river make it very scenic. They are starting to revitalize the park with upgrades and repairs. Has a Track which is great, has some workout stations on the outer path from the track. Useful but outdated and need an overhaul. BBall Courts , Playground and Two bathrooms round out the amenities.