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PARKS DEPT. of NYC.
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Kissena Park is going through some major changes in 2002.

History: In 1907 the City of New York acquired the property that is now Kissena Park. Drawings and photographs prior to 1943 show Kissena Lake as a natural lake with an artesian well and flow from a stream under 164th Street. In the 1980,s, the stream from under 164th Street was diverted to the trunk storm sewer line. There was also a stream outflow on the opposite side of the lake. This open natural channel led through Kissena Corridor and into Flushing Bay.

In 1943 the WPA constructed the lake with the weir at the stream outflow, the boathouse and the adjacent landscape as we know it today. An underground spring (artesian well) which formerly fed Kissena Lake from the southwest was diverted. The northern corner of the lake was filled and converted to a playground.

Also in 1943, a 6" water main was installed adjacent to the boathouse to feed the lake with city water. This main flows continuously. Other than storm water and underwater springs this appears to be the only source of water. In the 1980's, NYC DEP started adding Calcium Ortho Phosphate to the city water.

The trunk storm sewer line (10' x 16') running east/west through the park was constructed in 1948 along the LIRR Creedmore Branch right-of-way. About 900 feet west of the weir a hole was broken (about 2'-6" x 2'-6") into the side of the pipe for the runoff from the lake to go into.

In 1982 the perimeter path and lake were reconstructed. At that time the paths were repaved with asphalt and the lake was dredged and the bottom evened out to a consistent 4'-0" depth.

In 1998 the pipe and headwall from the weir on the lake were reconstructed.

Construction Schedule:
The project is currently in the bid cycle and we expect construction to start May 2002.

 

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A VIEW OF THE FLAG POLE FROM ABOVE.

Remember these photos of the lake and flag pole cause it will all be different when they are done.

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KISSENA LAKE IN THE WINTER OF 2000.
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THE LAKE WILL NOT LOOK LIKE THIS ANYMORE.

DIAGRAM OF THE LAKE.
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THIS IS A PHOTO EARLY ONE SMMER MORNING.BEFORE WORKING ON LAKE.

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