Location: Queens, NY
Client: NYC Parks
As part of NYC Parks’ Anchor Parks Initiative, Astoria Park was selected for $30M of funding for major capital improvements. Nancy Owens Studio is the design consultant selected to design the improvements and a master plan for the 60-acre park. The first phase is a 12-acre reconstruction of the park’s popular track and field facilities and surrounding site improvements such as new seating areas, an adult fitness area, pathway realignments, bleachers
and planting. NOS worked closely with civil engineers to develop site drainage and grading improvements, including rain gardens that collect and treat stormwater and a detention system under the synthetic turf field to reduce discharge into the East River.
The second phase, currently in design, is Charybdis Playground and Comfort Station. Built in the 1930s under WPA, this area of the park includes significant landmarked structures such as the swimming pool complex and comfort station. The proposed design expands the playground into the wading pool area, transforming it into an interactive spray shower with elevation changes and zones with varied water features. New play equipment reflects the iconic design of the pool complex, and the historic comfort station will also be reconstructed.