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Beautiful Queens Park
Is it me or is this week moving along slowly? For some reason I kept thinking yesterday was Wednesday and today is Thursday. lol
I have been waiting till today to tell you about one of the most lovely parks in Queens - Astoria Park!
If I haven't mentioned it to you, I was born in Astoria, Queens. As a baby, my parents brought me to this park quite often for relaxing days.
Astoria Park is beautifully located along the East River, with lovely views of the Triborough and Hells Gate Bridges and the home to a variety of festivals throughout the year as well as recreational activities.
Thanks to my Aunt Ro, a lifelong resident of Astoria, I have some captivating photos to share with you today of the park.
A few facts for you...
16 Facts About Astoria Park, Queens
1. Astoria Park is a 59.96-acre park located along the East River in the New York City borough of Queens and contains one of the largest open spaces in Queens.
2. Located 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.
3. The park was formerly the site of a Native American settlement, and is close to where the General Slocum went on fire and sunk in 1904.
4. The famous outdoor swimming pool, which is 54,450-square-feet was planned by Robert Moses, and was used for qualifying events for the 1936 and 1964 Summer Olympics.
5. Other attractions include bocce courts, fourteen tennis courts, two playgrounds, a skatepark, and one track for running.
6. The Park hosts a film festival and a concert series, free for the community, organized by the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition.
7. On Independence Day, the Queens Symphony Orchestra plays in Astoria Park during the fireworks show. Upcoming events are posted on the parks department website.
8. Dogs can be off-leash at the park until 9AM.
9. The Triborough Bridge (RFK Bridge) takes people in cars or trucks from Astoria to either Manhattan or the Bronx. The Hell Gate bridge takes people and freight to and from Manhattan via rail.
10. The completed Triborough Bridge structure, described by The New York Times as a "Y-shaped sky highway", was dedicated on July 11, 1936.
11. The Triborough Bridge, known officially as the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge since 2008, and sometimes referred to as the RFK Triborough Bridge, is a complex of three separate bridges in New York City.
12. The Hell Gate Bridge, originally the New York Connecting Railroad Bridge or The East River Arch Bridge, is a 1,017-foot steel through arch railroad bridge in New York City. The bridge crosses the Hell Gate, a strait of the East River, between Astoria in Queens and Randalls and Wards Islands in Manhattan.
13. Opening on March 9, 1917, Hell Gate Bridge was an engineering marvel at the time of its construction and gained notoriety as the inspiration for the Sydney Harbor Bridge in Sydney, Australia.
14. The Astoria Pool is open for all to use, with free admission from late June through early September.
15. The Astoria Park track is host to people doing their regular workouts, community organizations, and organized events including the American Cancer Society "Relay for Life", a 24-hour walk/run event, at the Astoria Park Track.
16. The newest recreational spot in the park is a skate park. It has become quite a destination for skateboarders all over the city.
This coming weekend, the International Cultural Fest will take place on Saturday May 21st at 1:30 at Astoria Park.
This festival will showcase many of the diverse cultures throughout Astoria with arts and crafts, face painting, music, and dancing. The event will feature performances native to Greece, Argentina, Croatia, Ireland, and Ecuador.
Queens has a lot going on folks!!
On that note, I'm outa here to get on with my day!!
Have a great one!
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