July 20, 2018 By Tara Law
NYC Parks officials and local politicians cut the ribbon on a revamped Astoria Heights Playground yesterday.
The playground, which is located between 45th Street and 46th Street along 30th Road, had not undergone a major renovation in more than 20 years. The overhaul includes new play equipment for children under 15, an area for tennis and volleyball, and a reconstructed comfort station.
The project cost $7.9 million, according to the Parks Department, and expands the children’s play area, improves the atmosphere of the park and provides areas for passive use.
“Astoria Heights Park has [always] been a haven in our community,” said Councilmember Costa Constantinides, who allocated $1.1 million in funding toward the project. “Astoria families can now enjoy its sports courts, play equipment, picnic tables and spray shower without having to venture too far.”
The project also includes new pathways and an access ramp; a spray shower with 10 in-ground spray jets and five upright spray features; and green infrastructure that manages precipitation in the park.
The playground’s design was based on feedback from the community as well as students and administrators from I.S. 10, which shares the space, NYC Parks said. The landscape architects also consulted surveys of nearby residents conducted by the Friends of Astoria Park civic organization.
Funding for the park renovation was provided by the Department of Environmental Protection, Constantinides and Borough President Melinda Katz.
The mayor also funded the project through The Community Parks Initiative, which aims to fund parks in high-density neighborhoods with higher-than-average poverty.