DITMARS — A $13.5 million plan to overhaul a 12-acre section of Astoria Park with a new running track, turf soccer field and other amenities will kick off late next year, according to the Parks Department.
The agency announced plans for a $30 million overhaul of the 60-acre park under the city's Anchor Parks program earlier this year, but provided members of Queens Community Board 1 with more details this week, according to the Astoria Post — including a rendering of how the green space will look after the first improvements wrap up.
Phase one will focus on the section of the park located south of the RFK/Triborough Bridge.
The renovations to the 12-acre portion include reconstructing the running track and adding a synthetic turf soccer field in the track's center. New bleachers, adult fitness equipment, drinking fountains and "misting stations" will be installed, along with new trees and plants, according to the plan.
Construction is expected to start in late 2018 and will take about a year, Parks Department Spokeswoman Meghan Lalor said.
The project is being paid for with $150,000 in City Council funds through Participatory Budgeting, $750,000 from the Queens Borough President's office and $12.6 million through Mayor Bill de Blasio's Anchor Parks initiative.
The program, announced last summer, provided five large city parks with $30 million each for capital improvements.
The Parks Department has not yet determined how it will spend the remainder of the $30 million at Astoria Park, according to Lalor.