Astoria Park Field House and Running Track"As yet I don't have information on these, but the field house has that WPA look, and the WPA built a lot of running tracks in New York City, plus it's very close to the bridge so is almost certainly on the acquired and developed in 1937."
The 56-acre park dates from the early 20th century, but “major improvements in Astoria Park were undertaken by Parks Commissioner Robert Moses and the Works Progress Administration during a hot summer in 1936. The stunning pool complex opened on July 4 of that year and hosted the swimming and diving trials for the U.S. Olympic Teams in 1936 and 1964″ (NYC Parks). “Besides the swimming pool, various playgrounds and comfort stations were added or renovated during the course of the New Deal using relief labor” (kermitproject.org). This included “an adult play area with handball, basketball, horseshoe and shuffleboard courts, horizontal bars and ladders,” which was completed in November 1936. It likely included the field house and running track pictured here as well.
The 4.5-acre portion under the Triborough Bridge, including a large parking lot, was a 1937 addition, and another 5-acre strip along the East River was added in 1969.
Department of Parks, Press Release, November 7, 1936 Department of Parks, Press Release, July 24, 1937 NYC Parks - Astoria Park
Project originally submitted by Frank da Cruz on October 15, 2016.
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