This park is named for Carlos R. Lillo, a paramedic who died while on duty during September 11, 2001. Lillo served as a paramedic for the New York City Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services Division. He began his life-saving work as a volunteer with the Astoria Volunteer Ambulance Corps and attended school to obtain certification to be an emergency medical technician (EMT). In 1984, he joined the city Emergency Medical Services.
Parks acquired this 0.1 acre of land in 1997 with more than $400,000 allocated by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and Assembly Member Michael Gianaris. The park, opened in 1998, provides the neighborhood with a place for solace and reflection. The park includes flowering trees, shrubs and perennials, four benches and two game tables.