BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE
The long intermission for a planned Astoria Park amphitheater is ending, according to the Parks Department.
Designs for the amphitheater, which will transform the park’s defunct diving pool into an outdoor performance space, are set to be completed by the end of March with construction tentatively slated to begin in 2016, a Parks spokesperson said.
Plans for this amphitheater have been years in the making. Parks started its design process in 2012, and brought preliminary plans to the community in February 2013, meeting a critical but mostly receptive audience, according to published reports from the time.
An original design completion date of October 2013 was then pushed back due to a delay in obtaining materials needed for grading and drainage, according to the Parks Department.
Once design is complete, Parks will file for work permits to begin construction.
The amphitheater project has already cleared another hurdle at the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
Because the Astoria Park Pool and Play Center is a City landmark, the commission needed the LPC’s approval for the transformation of the pool. According to documents, the commission voted last November in approval of adapting the diving pool area as an amphitheater, as well as installing signage, fencing and paving.
“We gave it the green light on our end,” LPC spokesperson Damaris Olivo said.
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