April 9, 2021 By Christian Murray
The Parks Dept. has completed a $4.5 million revamp of a small park located by the Triborough Bridge and several Queens officials visited the area yesterday to hold a ceremonial ribbon cutting.
Chappetto Square, a 1.25 acre park located on Hoyt Ave (between 21st and 23rd streets), has been transformed from an unkempt asphalt area into a landscaped community park.
The park now features four new seal-coated ecua-volley courts, drinking fountains with bottle fillers, asphalt pathways, and enhanced landscaping. It also includes shaded seating areas, game tables, and lighting for the pedestrian pathway.
“With these new upgrades, Chappetto Square is now better equipped to meet Astoria’s recreational needs,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver at the ribbon cutting. “I’m thrilled to unveil these new amenities that will serve the children, families, and residents of the surrounding communities for years to come.”
The renovation was funded under the city’s Community Park Initiative, a program established in 2014 where 67 parks small parks were designated for a revamp.
The program aims to upgrade smaller parks that have received less than $250,000 in capital funding in the past 20 years and are located in densely populated areas with higher-than-average concentrations of poverty.
“The reconstruction of Chappetto Square has transformed this space into a first-class neighborhood park that will serve the entire Astoria community,” said Queens Borough President Donovan Richards at the ceremony.
“With the COVID-19 pandemic hopefully in our rear view mirror, folks are beginning to re-discover their communities, and there is no better place for Astoria residents to start their re-discovery than by visiting this wonderful gem of a park,” he added.
Chappetto Square is just one of the seven small parks next to the bridge.
The remaining six parks—located on Hoyt Avenue North and Hoyt Avenue South, between 21st and 26th streets—are known as the Triborough Bridge Playgrounds.
Chappetto Square honors the memory of Peter Chappetto, an Astoria resident who was killed in action during World War II.
“Chappetto Square has long been a popular but underfunded space, but now we have a park worthy of the diverse community that uses it,” Constantinides said. “As the weather warms and people seek safe activities and recreation, beautiful spaces like reimagined Chappetto Square are vital.”
Constantinides is officially stepping down from office today to take over as the CEO of the Astoria-based Variety Boys and Girls Club.