The long-in-the-works plan to build out an amphitheater in Astoria Park is finally moving forward. Queens Tribune reports that the Parks Department will finalize designs by the end of the month — the plan is to convert the park’s unused diving pool into an outdoor performance space. They will also install new signage, fencing and paving. The department hopes to begin construction in 2016.
The city started the design process for this back in 2012, with the hopes of finalizing the design by the fall of 2013. That didn’t happen, with the Tribune reporting that everything was “pushed back due to a delay in obtaining materials needed for grading and drainage.” (It took them two years to do that?) Previous reports of the amphitheater plans stated that the project will cost $4.7 million and that the theater will likely have a 500 person capacity.