Oct. 3, 2014 By Michael Florio
Tomorrow’s much anticipated It’s My Park Day at Astoria Park, hosted by the Astoria Park Alliance, has been canceled due to the forecast of heavy rain.
Martha Lopez-Gilpin, Co-Chairperson of Astoria Park Alliance, said it was a tough decision, but had to be made.
“We have to err on the side of caution,” said Gilpin. “The forecast is getting worse and worse.”
The plan was to have a Zumba class on the Terrace roof, a daffodil planting by the field house, and a puppet show on the big lawn.
“We wanted to create memories for the residents,” Gilpin said.
The event was also going to allow residents the opportunity to share their views on what they would want if the park’s playground is expanded.
Gilpin said the hope was to gather resident’s opinion and share it with the Parks Department, Community Board 1, and elected officials, such as Councilman Costa Constantinides and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.
Gilpin said the event cannot be rescheduled, as there are too many moving parts. However, she said the group has rescheduled the daffodil planting to October 18th, where residents can meet by the Field House at 10:30 am.
Gilpin said It’s My Park Day is a long standing tradition for parks all around the city, and the group will continue to host a Spring and Fall event in the future.
The group, however, will be calling for volunteers for its Leaf Fest next month, where participants rake and dispose of leaves in Astoria Park.
The Leaf Fest cleanups will be held on November 8th, 15th and 22nd, starting at 10:30 am by the Field House.
“The leaves have to be raked so the grass can grow,” she said.
In the past, up to 50 attendees have volunteered on any given Saturday. Gilpin stressed that it is an ‘all hands on deck’ event.. She added that this is a great event for students in need of community service.
Further information on future events can be found at: http://astoriaparkalliance.blogspot.com/