The Trust for Public Land and Friends of the QueensWay unveiled the schematic design for the first half-mile of their proposed 3.5 linear QueensWay park and trail.
The first phase – which covers parts of Forest Hills and Glendale – could be built and open to the public by 2020. Advocates say it will greatly improve access to Forest Park, running from Metropolitan Avenue south to Union Turnpike, where an existing path provides pedestrian and bike access to the park.
The proposed section would also provide learning gardens and outdoor classrooms.
“Today’s announcement is a tremendous step forward for the QueensWay, which would not have been possible without our partners in government and the community, who enthusiastically provided ideas for safe routes for biking and walking, outdoor classroom space, and enhancements to baseball fields,” Andy Stone, NC director of The Trust for Public Land, said. “The completion of a compelling design for the first phase will bring us that much closer to making the QueensWay a reality for hundreds of thousands of people who live within a 10-minute walk.”
Not all residents are in support of transforming the existing rail right-of-way infrastructure into a park. Some are pushing for the revival of the Rockaway Beach Rail line. Read about the two different ideas for the space in the Forest Hills Times.