From the Daily News:
A historic city pool that legendary planner Robert Moses considered a feather in his cap is in line for a multimillion-dollar restoration.
City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) and the Parks Department recently began drafting a master plan to refurbish much of the Astoria Park Pool and Play Center, and explore year-round uses for the vaunted space.
"It's a very exciting opportunity and it's a wonderful facility, and we're very thrilled," said John Krawchuk, director of historic preservation for the Parks Department.
Officials are collecting community feedback on how to restore the center, which includes an Olympic-sized swimming pool and a diving pool that has not been used since 1980.
"Whatever happens at the diving pool location will be a huge improvement over the dilapidated eyesore that stands now," Vallone said.
The department and Vallone hosted a listening session at the Greater Astoria Historical Society on June 9 to gather suggestions from the public.
"One idea was to create some sort of outdoor amphitheater where we can provide entertainment at one of the most beautiful backdrops possible," Vallone said.
Other ideas included opening an ice-skating and hockey rink for the winter months, and building a bowling alley.
Restoring and reopening the diving pool is another possibility.