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Groundbreaking Ceremony for Charybdis Playground Renovation

District Council 22 Member Costa Constantinides, NYC Parks Queens Commissioner Dockett, NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver, NYC Parks, representatives and local officials from Queens Community Board 1, the office of NYS Assemblymember Aravella Simotas, the office of the Queens Borough President’s Office, the Astoria Park Alliance, and OANA attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the renovation of Charybdis Playground in Astoria Park on December 27th.  The renovation will include a spray shower, a water play areas. picnic tables and game tables. The ceremony also included a ribbon-cutting for the renovated track and field in the park, completed 7 months ahead of schedule.

Costa said:  ”Very exciting morning as we officially opened the new Astoria Park track & field, which was completed ahead of schedule. Now Phase II of the historic renovation of this crown jewel of western Queens begins: a new Charybdis Playground to serve generations to come.” NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver paid tribute to the contribution of the Astoria Park Alliance, who organized the community visioning that was used to guide the renovation. Astoria Park Alliance volunteer Dori Cocoros told OANA: “We are looking forward to holding programming that uses the renovated playground as a focus.”

Dori Cocoros Astoria Park Alliance

Photo by Clare Doyle
From left:
Dori Corcoros, Astoria Park Alliance,
Commissioner Dockett, NYC Parks
Justin Seeney, NYC Parks
Amy Sommer, Nancy Owens Studio
Nancy Owens, Nancy Owens Studio
Councilman Constantinides,
Commissioner Silver, NYC Parks
Marie Tornieli, Queens Community Board 1,
Waael Abdallh, Office of NYS Assemblymember Aravella Simotas
Florence Koulouris, Queens Community Board 1,
Vicki Morales-Casella, Director of Community Boards, Queens Borough Presidents Office
Richard Khuzami, President, OANA

Astoria Park Charybdis Playground Reconstruction and Spray Shower Construction

Clare Doyle is a graduate of the M.A. program in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, UK. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies as well as a B.A. in Archaeology and History from University Dublin, Ireland. She has worked for 30 years in library reference publishing in New York. Clare is the Vice President of Green Shores NYC, a non-profit group that advocates for a cleaner, greener and more connected waterfront in Astoria and Long Island City

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