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Astoria Park, Astoria

(4.6/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Love the park and all of the exercise stations set up around the track. Perfect place for a family picnic too  more »
  • I like this Astoria Park. Place to do Barbecue. Place to play soccer, badminton, volleyball. Near by MTA Bus. It's near Costco wholesale store, Costco member can go and buy snakes, soft drinks, food e...  more »
  • Has a beautiful view. A great place for everyone. I come here all the time in the summer with my family. We love it here it is relaxing and cheap because you just come an enjoy your time. You might bu...  more »
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  • Love this place! The view of Manhattan is amazing. Everyone is usually friendly and respectful. Great for walks, running, swimming etc. It's Astoria's best!
  • The crown jewel of Astoria! Beautiful views of the upper east side, Hellgate bridge and the RFK. In the summer enjoy the historic pool used in the Olympic trials in 1936 and 1964. Year round it offers an amazing green space that residents of queens and visitors cant get enough of. Pack a picnic and enjoy the lawn in the summer. In the winter enjoy the majesty after the first snow.
  • A nice place to chill or just go for a stroll. There's some spaces to park all around the park, so if you're driving there, it's not too hard to find one, since it's not as overly crowded as say...Manhattan. There's a pool too that's open during the Summer so if you're looking for a dip to cool off, there's that. But it's fairly small, so if you're the type to explore nature and such, there's not much to see.
  • One of my family's favorite parks. Beautiful views and good energy. The park is clean, safe it offers different ways for kids to have fun.
  • Love this place. Really wish they'd give the track the much needed overhaul. Also bigger signs showing not to ride your skate board or bike or bring your dog or leave small children unattended on the track.... Where people are trying to run and get a work out in. When none of that is happening this park can literally be a zen heaven.