On Oct. 19, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria), State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) and the Friends of Astoria Heights Playground led a volunteer effort to clean up Astoria Heights Park. The event was part of “It’s My Park Day,” a Citywide initiative, presented by Partnerships for Parks, which works with hundreds of community parks groups to lead clean up events in neighborhood parks across the City. Over 75 volunteers of all ages joined elected officials to improve the public space.
Since Lynn Kennedy, a local resident and organizer of Friends of Astoria Heights Playground, has vocalized the many issues users of the playground experience, Simotas has urged the Dept. of Parks and Recreation to expedite the projects planned for the park’s safety and usability.
“Parents demand that repairs be made – sooner than 2015- to make this park safer,” Kennedy said. “Specifically, erosion control, a need for gates, buckling mats, and sustained staffing are necessary. Healthy parks make for healthy communities.”