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Astoria Park, Astoria

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#2 of 21 in Parks in Queens
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 the Hell Gate from Scylla Point on Wards Island. In 2001, the two features were named after Scylla and Charybdis, two water hazards described in Homer's Odyssey, after Henry Stern petitioned the federal government to rename what was then known as "Negro Point". The names stem from the dangerous whirlpools in the waters of the 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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  • Calm and clean park by the river. Ideal for hot summer days with good company for picnics.
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  • This is a wonderful neighborhood park situated along the East River. This is the place to be on a beautiful summer afternoon. My cousin and her husband lived in Shore Towers next to the park when they...  more »
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  • It's a nice big park next to a open lake. Plenty of room to let the pups out to play. Nice view, squirrels, a park. A trail for walking and riding. A nice quite relaxing park.
  • Favorite summer spot for a nice walk, swim, and clean. Very nice for couples and or families to just be out and have a good time. Parking lot available and street parking.

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