Huge Improvement Being Made to Astoria Park

We had to bite our tongue for 24-hours in anticipation of this morning's surprise announcement that the abandoned diving pool in Astoria Park will be converted into an outdoor performance stage! Local organizations such as the Astoria Performing Arts Center, the Astoria Symphony Orchestra, and Astoria Music & Arts will likely be some of the first to call the stage home.

The high dive hasn't been used for years and has become quite the eyesore. Back in the olden days, the high dive (and the main pool) was used for Olympic trials. There are also some amazing (disturbing) old photos of circus animals jumping from the high dive.

We've talked with Council Member Vallone about this possibility for years and are FREAKING THRILLED that it's become a reality. Here's the original post from a year and a half ago where we brainstormed ideas. 

UPDATE (12:15p): Just got off the phone with Taryn Sacramone, Executive Director of the Astoria Performing Arts Center. She tells me Council Member Vallone is funding this project using $1,000,000 from his discretionary funding budget. Groundbreaking is set for 2012 with a completion estimated in Summer 2013. The new amphitheatre will have 1,500 seats.

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Tags: arts, astoria park, concert, music, performance, performing, pool, theatre, vallone

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Comment by Jenofeve on December 6, 2011 at 12:51pm

LIKE THIS. And you're right Derek- Astoria stock is going up. Just hope not the rent.

Comment by Anne Marie Culhane on December 6, 2011 at 12:45pm

this is great news!!!!!

Comment by Ran Craycraft on December 6, 2011 at 12:38pm

Will probably be a while before booking is determined--my guess is, will ultimately go through the Parks Department. 

Comment by Carly on December 6, 2011 at 12:30pm

THIS IS AMAZING NEWS!  wooohooo!!

Any idea who will book and promote the space?

Comment by Jenny on December 6, 2011 at 12:26pm

I'm proud to be a member of a community that recognizes value in the arts.

Comment by Raven Pease on December 6, 2011 at 12:06pm

Gaaah!  I thought I would burst from wanting to tell everyone!  Thanks for posting.  Soooo exciting!!

Comment by Ran Craycraft on December 6, 2011 at 11:56am

@Derek: we're bullish! Buy up!

Comment by Bill R. on December 6, 2011 at 11:47am

Maybe they'll let JELLY have rock shows there, a la the old McCarren Pool parties!

Comment by Jade O. on December 6, 2011 at 11:47am

Yay! This is great!

Comment by Derek Lippke on December 6, 2011 at 11:41am

Astoria stock is going up

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