Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) recently wrote a letter to Parks Dept. Commissioner Veronica White, proposing an ice skating rink at the Astoria Park pool site, similar to the one recently opened at the McCarren Park Pool in Brooklyn.
Vallone said he believes the two parks share many similarities, and with appropriate adjustments the same kind of agreement can be worked out. The City recently allowed a concession agreement between the Parks Dept. and Open Space Alliance of North Brooklyn to maintain and operate the McCarren Park Pool ice rink. Vallone said he believes the same type of concession agreement should be reached for the Astoria Park pool.
“The area in the Astoria Park pool would make the perfect space for an ice skating rink for the residents of Queens to enjoy during the winter months,” he said. “With the addition of an ice skating rink to the existing skate park and upcoming amphitheater, Astoria Park will be a destination for every season.”