Parks Department

Northeast Queens residents disappointed by possible pool closure
Northeast Queens residents disappointed by possible pool closure
Northeast Cristabelle Tumola 6/05/2013 at 1:01PM

Oswald Egas spent summers as a boy practicing to swim and escaping the heat at the Fort Totten Pool. He later took his own children to the same outdoor spot, telling them “that’s where I grew up.” But Egas’ kids may not be able to share the same sentiment with their children. If the City [...]

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course now open
Alley Pond Park Adventure Course now open
Northeast Melissa Chan 5/11/2013 at 2:24PM

Queens rope climbers and zip liners can find a free adventure without leaving the borough. The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course, the only course of its kind in the city, reopened for its seventh season on May 1. The venue boasts a zip line, a climbing wall, a trust fall station, swings and balance platforms. [...]

Jackson Heights park to be renamed in tribute to beloved student
Jackson Heights park to be renamed in tribute to beloved student
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 4/29/2013 at 9:05AM

Those who knew Rory Staunton say it would be a fitting tribute. The newly-acquired Parks Department property at the Garden School athletic field in Jackson Heights may soon bear his name. The 12-year-old lost his life last April due to sepsis poisoning after falling while playing basketball in his school’s gym. What doctors believed to [...]

Rockaway hockey rink set for repair
Rockaway hockey rink set for repair
South Terence M. Cullen 4/03/2013 at 9:09AM

A Rockaway roller hockey rink is getting some help from the Parks Department after damage from Sandy nearly put a summer league on ice. Waves pummeled the boards on the seaside rink near Beach 108th Street, which underwent renovations only a few years ago. The 20-year-old rink was not completely destroyed, but because the boards [...]

Kayaking could bring tourism, revenue to Jamaica Bay
Kayaking could bring tourism, revenue to Jamaica Bay
South Terence M. Cullen 3/05/2013 at 11:39AM

Jamaica Bay has been many things. It was a fishing haven. It was the site of a deadly plane crash. And it was the catalyst for some of Sandy’s devastation. But soon, the bay might attract more tourism when the region needs it the most. Community Board 14 Chair Dolores Orr said the Parks Department [...]

Tree complaints top 311 calls
Tree complaints top 311 calls
News Terence M. Cullen 1/11/2013 at 11:52AM

Fallen limbs and downed branches, among other issues, still top the list of complaints to 311 within Community Board 10. Since the storm struck on October 29 through the end of 2012, there were 1,425 calls to the city about trees. In December alone, nearly 200 calls were put in from residents in the board’s [...]

Patrizia’s of Bayside now only for parties
Patrizia’s of Bayside now only for parties
News Melissa Chan 12/07/2012 at 7:45AM

A Bayside restaurant has stopped serving lunch and dinner and will only offer catering services after less than one year of being open, The Courier has learned. Patrizia’s of Bayside took over its 201-10 Cross Island Parkway home in June, when popular but upscale Valentino’s on the Green shuttered. According to a spokesperson for the [...]

Pol red over lack of Greenstreets
Pol red over lack of Greenstreets
News Melissa Chan 10/17/2012 at 12:48PM

A state senator scolded the city for making changes to a green program that has left some turf in his district deserted. Unused road areas have been turned into leafy green spaces since 1996, under the city Department of Parks and Recreation’s Greenstreets program, but now only pieces of land in flood-prone areas are being [...]

Idlewild Park set to get $3.5M education center
News Maggie Hayes 10/01/2012 at 2:24PM

Idlewild Park is set to get revamped, adding a new, state-of-the-art 5,000-square-foot nature and education center. The potential construction area in Idlewild is an “incredible resource,” according to Blake Middleton of the award-winning Handel Architects LLP. Middleton is the head designer for the new, $3.5 million facility, working with both the Eastern Queens Alliance (EQA) [...]

Evergreen Park to be redesigned
Evergreen Park to be redesigned
News Billy Rennison 9/30/2012 at 9:50AM

Adjacent to a school and with a kindergarten theme, a Ridgewood park’s redesign aims to combine learning with play. The Department of Parks & Recreation presented plans to renovate Evergreen Park, next to P.S. 68 on St. Felix Avenue, to parents and residents on Monday, September 24. “Now, there’s really nothing for small children to [...]