May 12, 2017 By Christian Murray
A popular children’s playground will be undergoing a complete overhaul as part of the $30 million upgrade to Astoria Park.
Charybdis Playground, located in the heart of Astoria Park, will be redone as part of Phase 2 of the Anchor Parks program — where Astoria Park and four other parks throughout the city were each allocated with $30 million for improvements.
Phase 2 follows the announcement earlier this year that $13.5 million will be spent on Astoria Park for a new 8-lane running track with a soccer field in the middle, and items such as new adult fitness equipment and plantings. Phase 1 is expected to be completed in 2019.
The City has $21 million left to spend on Astoria Park, which will be on phase 2 and future phases, since additional funds beyond the $30 million have been allocated, according to the Parks department.
Councilman Costa Constantinides allocated $2.7 million toward the replacement of the Charybdis spray shower and another $600,000 has been put aside for the park stemming from participatory budgeting.
The Parks Dept. is holding a public meeting on May 25 to seek community feedback as to what changes and additions residents would like to see concerning the playground. The meeting will be at Ricardo’s By the Bridge at 7 pm
The Parks Department will take the input it receives from the meeting to determine what renovations should occur and how much should be spent.