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Astoria Park, Astoria

Categories: Lookouts, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.6/5 based on 170+ 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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  • It was a such a nice walk. You can spent hours just relaxing. There is a tennis court, swimming pool and Track. I enjoyed every min of it. 
  • Beautiful park next to the east river, well worth a walk around just for the views alone. People often drive here, park up and pull out a chair just to enjoy the peace and the view. I love it here. 
  • We love Astoria Park. From the views of Manhattan and the bridges to the open fields and great events held here it is one of the best places to visit almost any time of year. The park is home to one o...  read more »
  • Close to a mile of waterfront paved running trails, shaded basket ball courts, an actual Olympic pool with the diving platforms and free adult entry in the early morning. A skateboarding/BMX park, a full 1/4 mile running track and a sun bathing grassy lawn. Not to mention beautiful views across the way to UES. All packed into a space near the Astoria Blvd station; I almost would rather it stay Astoria's best kept secret!
  • Great park Have been visiting this park for the last 20 + years of my life. The landscape is great and its clean. The view from the waterfront is also one of the best in NYC. (Brooklyn waterfront view is slightly better). The only real complaint is that unlike other large parks, this park has very poor wifi coverage. It's available only on the track and ball fields. Lately the park has been getting more busy too so if you plan to run, I suggest coming at later hours to avoid the crowds.
  • 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.
  • Views to die for. Surrounded by happy children running and playing about. Beautiful clean park. Great for a children's play date or a picnic. Or just a walk by the water.
  • A nice little gem in Astoria. Great views of the east river, running track, and tons of crazy bikes and cars to be seen near the driveway. Well kept. Its only 4 stars due to size comparison to Central Park and prospect.
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