A rendering has been revealed of a section of the renovation planned for the entire 60-acre Astoria Park, located in Astoria along the East River from Astoria Park South to Ditmars Boulevard. The renovation will occur in two phases, the first of which will include a new track field, soccer field, seating, and landscaping, Astoria Post first reported.
The first phase will contain the area of park south of the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, while the second phase will include the rest of the park. Nancy Owens Studio is the landscape architect.
The space between the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge and the Hell Gate Bridge is an individual landmark, which means the Landmarks Preservation will have to approve any structural and landscape design changes. The city’s Department of Parks and Recreation is expecting the design of the first phase to be finalized by the end of the year, with groundbreaking by fall 2018, followed by completion in late 2019. The project is the Queens leg of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s five-borough Anchor Park initiative.