Astoria swimming pool to get life as amphitheater

March 06, 2012 12:30PM

An abandoned Astoria Park swimming pool in Queens that once hosted trials for the United States Olympic swimming and diving teams is set to become an amphitheater, the New York Times reported.

Once filled with water, the pool will now be filled with concrete. Plans for the modification were announced in December, with Queens City Council member Peter Vallone leading the campaign. However, due to the pool’s landmark status, certain aspects won’t be able to be modified through construction, namely the pool’s tiered diving board right in the center of the downstage area.

“We’re not looking to create a Lincoln Center,” Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski told the Times. “We’re paying tribute to what was once there before, and [creating] a new adaptive use.”

The Times reported the project will cost $3.5 million. Included in this plan is the renovation of neighboring buildings. [NYT]