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Chappetto Square Park To Be 'Totally Reconstructed' Under City Plan

By Jeanmarie Evelly | September 27, 2017 4:23pm
 Chappetto Square, a Parks Department space located on Hoyt Avenue North and 23rd Street.
Chappetto Square, a Parks Department space located on Hoyt Avenue North and 23rd Street.
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ASTORIA — Chappetto Square, a small asphalt lot near Astoria Park, will be "totally reconstructed" under a city initiative to overhaul green spaces across the city, officials announced this week. 

The park, one of 11 selected under the Community Parks Initiative, will get a piece of the $65 million earmarked for renovations at the chosen green spaces.

The Parks Department will hold public meetings in October and November to get feedback on what the community would like to see at the square, located on Hoyt Avenue North between 21st and 23rd streets.

The square, which is often used by people playing volleyball contains some trees, includes a flagpole and the faded lines of a roller hockey rink.

Chappetto SquareChappetto Square is often used by residents for volleyball games on the weekends. (DNAinfo/Jeanmarie Evelly)

Exact designs for the park haven't been finalized yet and will depend on community input, Parks Department spokeswoman Meghan Lalor said. But residents can expect to see the park get "totally reconstructed" under the program, she added.

The Community Parks Initiative was launched in 2014 and is aimed at upgrading smaller neighborhood parks that haven't seen major overhauls in the last two decades, according to the Parks Department. Other Astoria parks, including Sean's Place and Astoria Heights Playground, have also received funding under the program.

The renovations at Chappetto Square are expected to be finished by late 2020 or early 2021, Lalor said.