|Tidy new park opens in Astoria to honor fallen EMS worker|
Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe will be on hand at Thursday’s opening of a new park on 76th Street and 21st Avenue in Astoria, celebrating the transformation of a trash-strewn eyesore into a tidy greenspace.
Named after EMS technician Carlos Lillo of Bayside, who died on Sept. 11 at age 37, the new park replaces an empty lot many neighbors called a dump.
Residents like Suzan Rafailova, who owns a beauty parlor across the street, say they have been calling for the city to clean up the park for years. “There was trash and dumpsters everywhere,” Rafailova said. “It was dangerous for the kids who live around here.”
Other neighbors complained that small contractors had been using the park as a dumping ground for years.
But it looks like this park’s story finally has a happy ending.
A day before the official opening, the park was already welcoming an elderly couple playing checkers and lots of youngsters from the neighborhood.
Information provided by The Queens Chronicle