Speaking of rain, on Oct. 9, a day that was very much the opposite of being rainy, the Queens Coalition for Parks and Green Spaces, represented by Frederick J. Kress, president; Joseph Locoteta, vice president and me, secretary, participated with New Yorkers for Parks and a lot of other wonderfully ambitious people at Rainey Park. Until that day, I had known almost nothing about Rainey Park.It is a waterfront site located in the Astoria/Ravenswood neighborhood area, the 26th Council District. The area of the park is eight acres. There are trees of all kinds and a great expanse of grassy, open space dotted with benches and a park house. Steps lead down a steep hill to the fenced water's edge. There is also fencing of the park perimeter on Vernon Boulevard.The purpose of the event was to extend The Daffodil Project, which had been started as a memorial to the victims of Sept. 11. New Yorkers for Parks, represented by Christian Di Palermo, Ilana Cohen, Vinette Brown, Allison Farina and Annamaria Jones, had provided 1,200 daffodil bulbs to be planted along the fencing of the park on Vernon Boulevard and by the steps leading to the waterfront. Although Dorothy Lewandowski had only recently been appointed Queens Parks commissioner, both she and First Deputy Commissioner Liam Kavanagh arrived to help with the planting, as did Philip Sparacio, deputy chief of operations, Queens, and Daniel S. Burnstein, Rainey Park gardener, all representing the city Department of Parks and Recreation
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