I was born in Astoria, New York City. The park has been a part of my life, as a child, teenager, and adult. This track was not here when I grew up. It was truly ‘cinder.’ Someone at some point made it a synthetic track. There’s a gigantic city pool, where I swam with my brothers on hot summer days. One of my first dates with my wife was in the park nearby. She and I did the five borough bike ride and rode over the Triborough Bridge above. And now there’s Julia coming full circle. I ran in junior high here. She’s here for a prep school meet. I can say that I haven’t been in this park in many years. But I’ve never left either.