Ribbon-cutting celebrates $1.6M reconstruction of Bayside’s Oakland Lake
Photos courtesy of the NYC Parks Department

One Bayside spot looks better than ever. The city’s parks commissioner joined Queens officials Monday at Bayside’s Oakland Lake to celebrate a $1.6 million reconstruction to improve water quality and improve pedestrian pathways around the lake. The work was funded with $1.1 million allocated by the borough president and an additional $500,000 from the City […]

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Alley Pond Park kids clear wetland debris
Photos courtesy of Alley Pond Environmental Center

Youngsters known as the Alley Pond Pioneers got their hands dirty last week in a cleanup of the park’s wetlands Thursday. The Alley Pond Pioneers are a group of children entering grades four through six who meet at the Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC) on Tuesdays and Thursdays to take part in educational programs. APEC Executive Director Irene […]

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Bayside native to become northeast Queens administrator for Parks Department
Photo courtesy of Matthew Symons

BY ANGELA MATUA Bayside native Matthew Symons is the new face of the parks he frequented as a child. Symons, who has worked in the New York City Parks Department for almost 20 years, officially starts his job as the northeast Queens administrator this Monday. He will be in charge of the overall upkeep of the parks […]

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Douglaston plaza opens near LIRR station
Photo courtesy of Councilman Paul Vallone's office

The Douglaston pedestrian plaza has opened to the public. The completion of the project, near the LIRR station on 41st Avenue, was marked by a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday with Councilman Paul Vallone and the Douglaston Local Development Corporation (LDC). “I am thrilled that this plaza will provide a great place for my constituents to sit, […]

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Parks Department collecting bids to reconstruct Astoria’s Paul Raimonda Playground
Rendering courtesy of Department of Parks and Recreation 

The Parks Department started collecting bids Tuesday to renovate Astoria’s Paul Raimonda Playground and expects to begin construction in the spring of 2015. The project, which was announced last year and received $1.56 million from the City Council and the mayor’s office, includes removing the bocce courts, adding adult fitness equipment, repairing the flag pole base, […]

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