June 17, 2016 By Jackie Strawbridge
About $1 million have been secured to upgrade the spray shower at the Astoria Park pool and connect it to Charybdis Playground, according to Council Member Costa Constantinides.
Constantinides announced yesterday that he had allocated the funding in the City’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget. It is a first step in a larger planned $4 million project to fully renovate Charybdis Playground, which parents have long said needs an equipment and surfacing upgrade.
“Since I’ve been in office people have been talking to me about [renovating Charybdis],” Constantinides said. “This is a starting point to get the ball rolling.”
The half-circle spray shower at the end of Astoria Pool is currently underutilized, according to Constantinides. The upgrade would renovate the shower and connect it so that families can walk easily from Charybdis.
He said he will be “looking every year” to find the additional funding needed for the full playground renovation.
As for the project timeline, Constantinides deferred to the Parks Department, which would be in charge of the design and implementation.
As of this writing, the Parks Department has not responded to questions regarding the timeline and whether implementation of the spray shower project will take place separately from the playground renovation.
I also love the ever increasing bike friendliness of Astoria. I’m a car owner, but people are too in love with their cars. Nobody wants to walk or bike anywhere.
Constantinides is so much better than Vallone, who totally sucked.
It’s nice to finally see changes happening that positively impact the neighborhood.
Constantinidis is the worst city council member Astoria has ever had. He has presided over the destruction of Astoria due to overdevelopement. He never met a developer he didnt like. His plan to close Shore Blvd one way to cars in favor of yet another bike lane has led to dangerous traffic conditions on Astoria Park South as well as 19 st. He has made a total mess out of 20 Ave. with the narrowing of lanes and addition of bike lanes along the curb. Constantinidis along with Simotas need to be dumped in the next election.
IT WONT MAKE A DIFFERENCE . THEY ALL SERVE THE SAME MASTER ……..
Costa Constantinides is one the hardest working Council Members Astoria has ever had! He is always trying to improve Astoria. Thank you! This will be a major plus to the many youngsters we have been seeing in the neighborhood the past couple of years.
Oh, hi Mr. Constantinides.
Shore blvd is so much safer now. I love the new pedestrian pathway and the colored bike lanes/barriers. It is so much easier to cross now that it is one way. I hope one day they just ban cars and make it an area for community festivities and park goers. I would urge everyone to take some time and enjoy some outdoor fun at Astoria Park.