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Astoria Park, Queens

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Astoria Park is a 59.96-acre (24.26 ha) public park in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens in New York City. The park is situated on the eastern shore of the Hell Gate, a strait of the East River, between Ditmars Boulevard to the north and Hoyt Avenue to the south. The Robert F. Kennedy (Triborough) and Hell Gate Bridges respectively pass over the park's southern and northern sections. Astoria Park contains a playground, a soccer field, a running track, a skate park, and courts for tennis, basketball, and bocce. Astoria Park also includes the Astoria Play Center, which consists of a recreation center and a pool. The park and play center are maintained by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks).

While Astoria Park was planned in 1905, the land was not acquired until October 1913. Astoria Park was formally named after the surrounding neighborhood in December 1913 and recreational facilities gradually opened within the park over the two following decades. The pool and bathhouse were designed by John Hatton during a Works Progress Administration project in 1935–1936 and was used for the United States Olympic Trials for swimming during 1936, 1952, and 1964. The park was extensively renovated in the 1980s and the late 2010s. The Astoria Play Center was designated a city landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 2007.
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  • One of my favorite places in Astoria! It’s a nice place for all people to walk, bike, or just layout a blanket and relax. In the summer they have a pool. 
    One of my favorite places in Astoria! It’s a nice place for all people to walk, bike, or just layout a blanket and relax. In the summer they have a pool.  more »
  • This park is right on the East River with great views of Manhattan. It is at the shore between the Robert F Kennedy and Hellgate Bridges. There is a paved walking area near the shore (Shore... 
    This park is right on the East River with great views of Manhattan. It is at the shore between the Robert F Kennedy and Hellgate Bridges. There is a paved walking area near the shore (Shore...  more »
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  • Astoria Park was beautiful tonight. Clean and beautiful. There was an awesome free concert by the rock band Spitfire. Families picnicking, political and environmental activists holding nice events for clean energy and the Rider's Alliance to promote a better Mta. I felt peaceful as I sat on the grass and the lightning bugs flew around, shining a pretty green light. The pool was closed but glowed as night came and looked so clean. The boats were on the East River.it was a beautiful night.
  • Coming from the East side of Florida and not being a big city traveler I got to experience for the first time an "urban" 🌆 sunset. I experienced the park only in Shore Blvd between the two bridges. But that was enough for me. The river flows and the water glows while I admired the city on the other side and the two bridges sat beside me as two giant marvels of architecture and engineering. This park will be a happy middle for those seeking the urban feel with the natural surroundings. Enjoy!

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