Astoria Park Play Center pool"A pool diving tower and bleachers at the Astoria Park Play Center, which was constructed in its entirety by the WPA for New York City - This pool has been designed so that accidents caused by divers hitting the bottom are reduced to a minimum. The entire development includes swimming, diving and wading pools, filter and bath houses, comfort stations, playgrounds and a parking field."
On July 2, 1938, the Department of Parks announced the opening of a playground on the site of what is now the Astoria Health Playground:
“In Queens, at 14th Street south of 31st Avenue adjacent to the Astoria Health Center, the new playground is equipped with swings, see-saws, play houses, slide, sand pit and a portable shower. A brick comfort station with facilities for boys and girls, and permanent concrete benches are also provided. The perimeter of the entire playground is landscaped with shade trees.
…The work was performed by the Works Progress Administration, but planned and inspected by the Department of Parks.”
The playground is still in use today.
Department of Parks, Press Release, July 2, 1938
Project originally submitted by Frank da Cruz on November 16, 2016.
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