High Line lovers in NYC will soon have a new elevated park to enjoy if the QueensWay, a green space proposed for an abandoned railroad track in Queens, comes to fruition. The project got one step closer to its goal this week when it unveiled a blueprint for the verdant, 3.5-mile-long pathway after years of planning. If built, the park would provide new recreational space for the 322,000 people living in the surrounding areas of Rego Park, Forest Hills, Glendale, Richmond Hill, Woodhaven and Ozone Park.
For years, the QueensWay team has met with various members of the Queens community in an effort to engage local residents and business owners in the process of planning the park. The final plans were designed by WXY architecture + Urban Design and DLANDStudio Architecture & Landscape Architecture and have reportedly been met with positive reviews.
“At our schools, little leagues, religious institutions and local shops, the residents of Central Queens are buzzing with excitement over the QueensWay,” said Friends of the QueensWay. “This incredible project will finally put the long abandoned railway to use bringing our community more equitable access to family-friendly open space, improving our quality of life and delivering significant economic impact. Today’s announcement of the QueensWay Plan and the support of our local elected officials and so many respected community organizations is a huge step forward in making this project a reality and we are truly grateful to all of the stakeholders who helped this project get to this point.”
The current QueensWay plan would see the expansive park provide a mix of recreational options, including nature trails, playgrounds, exercise areas and multi-use pavilions. Additionally, areas will be made available for cultural events and include local food concessions. The landscaping plan has a number of multi-dimensional objectives designed to provide safe areas for walkers and bicyclists. Where the park shoulders up against residents’ backyards, a subtle landscaped natural barrier will be constructed to provide the neighbors with privacy.
A study for the park plan funded in part by the Governor’s New York City Regional Economic Development Council and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation estimates that construction would cost $120 million.
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