Friends of the QueensWay and the Trust for Public Land have released new renderings illustrating their plan to turn a stretch of train tracks in Queens into a High Line-style public greenway. Although the new QueensWay images are still preliminary, they give us an early peek at what the elevated park, which would span from Rego Park to the Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park, could look like if it comes to fruition.
Queens Gazette got an early glimpse of the images, which Friends of the QueensWay plans to show off at a pair of upcoming community workshops. The organization will hold its first workshop on Monday, March 24th at the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School in Forest Hills followed by another on March 26th at the High School for Construction Trades, Architecture and Engineering in Richmond Hill.
These workshops won’t just be held to introduce the designs though. Instead, Friends of the QueensWay wants to present a variety of initial design concepts to the community to get input on the project. The groups involved will work together on the initial concepts to figure out how to add new open space in the areas of Queens that are currently underserved.
Other issues that will be touched on include finding ways for kids to connect with nature, how to support adjacent play spaces for children, and cultural activities as well as events unique to Queens. Safety is also a paramount topic and the panel hopes to find a safe transportation path alternative to Woodhaven Boulevard along with addressing the safety and privacy concerns of the QueensWay itself.
via Queens Gazette
Images © Friends of the QueensWay