Astoria Park to get first performance space
by Heather Senison
Dec 14, 2011 | 3979 views | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The city plans to convert Astoria's Park neglected and deteriorating dive pool into Astoria's first outdoor performance space, according to an announcement made recently by Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. and the Parks Department.

The dive pool is located next to the park's Olympic-sized swimming pool. It will be converted for use by theater and community groups, schools and other interested parties, according to Vallone's office.

“Some of the city's brightest performers call Queens home, and they deserve one of the most beautiful locations in the city,” he said. “Nestled between the Hell Gate and Triborough Bridges, with a view of the East River and the skyline at sunset, it will evoke the theaters of Ancient Greek and Rome and will be truly majestic.”

Astoria Performing Arts Center's Taryn Sacramone said the performance center will be a priceless addition to Astoria.

“This stage, in the center of one of the city's most beautiful parks, will make the performing arts more accessible than ever to our community,” Sacramone said. “It will draw people to Astoria and provide artists with a unique space to share their talents.”

Vallone will also provide $2 million for renovations to the park's pool rooftop and terrace.

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