QUEENS — Astoria will have to wait for its Alps.
“Following the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, the Parks Department has informed City Parks Foundation (CPF) that the planned Astoria Park Ski Program will need to be canceled, in order for the department to focus all its energy and efforts on repairs and cleanups,” said Queens Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. in a statement.
According to Vallone, who is a strong supporter of the program, the Parks Department and CPF are hoping to reinstate the program in 2014.
“I'm sure many people were looking forward to having this ski program in Astoria Park, and I also thought it would be a great addition to the many activities already available in Astoria,” he said.
According to the preliminary plan, Sugarbush, a Vermont-based ski resort, was considering building a temporary slope covered with artificial snow in Astoria Park. The resort was also planning to offer free skiing instruction for children.
“However, with the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Sandy, the Parks Department obviously has more pressing matters to attend to," Vallone noted. "I am hopeful that we can hold this program next year..."
City Parks Foundation declined to comment.