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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 Triborough (Robert F. Kennedy) 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 was designed by John Matthews 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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  • My son lives a couple blocks from Astoria Park and I enjoy walking along the river when I'm visiting and have some free time. It is peaceful and beautiful.  more »
  • Our humble park is the heart of the neighborhood. We have the largest municipal pool in NYC and arguably one of the best views of the city at sunset. Also, great walking area along the East River...  more »
  • Love the fact that the pools are free in NY in the summer time. Went here with family and enjoyed it. They are really strict about having your cellphone while inside the vicinity (pool area) which is understandable. Need to leave everything in the locker and Have to rinse before getting in the pool which I appreciate 100% . Make sure to bring a lock to keep your stuff safe in the locker room. Plenty of lockers and room for changing. They do need more showers, but other than that the lifeguards are vigilant and it’s a safe environment.
  • Love this place! When you forced to stay in the city during your weekend this is the place to go! Very clean, safe park with an amazing urban view on 2 bridges nixed with greens, trees, river view! Lots of options available- kids playground, pool, boardwalk, sport ground fir adults on skates etc, free parking, walking distance to highway and restaurants! You can tan, picking ( with no barbecue) here! Absolutely yes to the heaven!

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