As promised, Friends of the QueensWay has begun hosting workshops with the Queens community on how they want to build their own rendition of the High Line. If given final approval, the QueensWay project could turn a three-and-a-half-mile stretch of abandoned rail line into an elevated park complete with commercial space and bike paths. DNAinfo sat in on the first of the discussions, where one creative resident suggested that the renovated train tracks could be used as a place for cross country skiing.
The plan to ski on the elevated tracks could be feasible, but the activity would probably only be available on the few days of the year when it snows. While some in the meeting pondered winter sports, others voiced their concerns about the QueensWay’s safety, pointing out that the park could attract unsavory characters. Meanwhile, there were also queries on how the park would affect the privacy of homes. The would-be QueensWay stretches from Rego Park to Ozone Park and would be located within a few yards of some residences.
Others see the proposed QueensWay Park as a boon that would provide communities with an expanded bike path in a part of Queens that’s otherwise a bike desert. Another resident actually said it was not enough and wanted the path to be extended all the way through Forest Park to Ozone Park and to the Rockaways.
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