Astoria Park diving pool conversion plan has fundraising problems

May 24, 2012 03:30PM

Though elected officials, the Parks Department and community groups are backing the restoration of a landmarked abandoned dive pool in Astoria Park, there are fundraising problems, the Wall Street Journal reported. As previously reported, the conversion plan to transform the pool, which hosted the U.S. Olympic diving trials in 1936 and 1964, into an amphitheater seemed to be set in stone. The plan also included the integration of the 32-foot Art Moderne diving platform into the overall design.

However, the development effort recently competed for $250,000 in funding in an online voting competition held by American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation and didn’t earn enough votes. The pool is still competing for a lesser amount of funding, but results won’t be posted until next month. Besides the amphitheater plans, there are still no firm plans to restore the rest of pool complex, which includes a bathhouse and the stabilization and restoration of the diving platform. Previous plans have included the additions of a bowling alley and a skating rink. [WSJ]