The QueensWay will transform a 3.5-mile portion of the abandoned Rockaway Rail Line into an elevated pedestrian and bicycle pathway connecting the communities of Rego Park, Forest Hills, Richmond Hill, and Ozone Park. The project will provide a new public green space, celebrating the cultural diversity of Queens with art, sculpture, and food from around the world.
The Trust for Public Land is working with Friends of the QueensWay and the City of New York to develop a conceptual design for the QueensWay Cultural Greenway. Members of the City Council and New York State elected officials have already expressed their interest in this process. Community engagement and participatory design are hallmarks of The Trust for Public Land's work in New York City. We envision a process that will include community outreach and design charettes to solicit local input.
In August 2013, two New York firms were chosen to lead a design and feasibility plan to turn 3.5 miles of an abandoned railroad in Queens into the new QueensWay park. The firms are WXY architecture + urban design and dlandstudio. They were selected by a panel which looked at 29 proposals from as far away as China. The goal is a strategic plan and conceptual design for the QueensWay. Local residents will have a variety of opportunities to offer their views and ideas through workshops, meetings, and social media.
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