Mayor Bill de Blasio's announcement of his Anchor Park Initiative is welcome news to all New Yorkers, and especially residents of Astoria.
We are pleased that funds will be allocated to Astoria Park. We are writing this letter to urge that Astoria Pool not be forgotten when improvements are made to the park.
Astoria Pool has rightly been called "the crown jewel of the pool system," and should be considered one of New York City's greatest assets and attractions. Many seniors such as ourselves have been swimming at the pool for over half a century and hope to continue for many years to come.
To ensure that, we would like to see funds allocated for the following:
• The repair and maintenance of the mechanical system;
• Modernizing of the bathhouse locker rooms, toilet and shower facilities;
• Restoration of the bathhouse exterior brickwork and tiles to their original condition; and
• Cleaning and repairs to the pool, the pool deck and the seating areas.
We fervently hope that a portion of the proposed allocation of funds to Astoria Park be used to ensure the future of Astoria Pool.