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New offerings set at Ederle Terrace

Snack bar to open next week; kayak and bike rentals ready

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Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:53 am, Thu Aug 7, 2014.

It appears that new amenities for park goers at Flushing Meadows are increasing frequently these days.

Travel to the north side of Meadow Lake and you’ll find kayaks, paddleboats and bicycles for rent already. Next week, a revitalized snack bar will open in that area known as the Ederle Terrace.

It was named after Gertrude Ederle, a Flushing native, who was the first woman to swim the English Channel.

The terrace was built 10 years ago, replacing the Aquacade from the two World’s Fairs that was razed in 1996. The snack bar opened briefly but has been vacant for five years.

Baig Sedeeq of S & F Petro won the 12-year concession for the snack bar and promises it will be open by Friday, Aug. 8. That will be a busy weekend as the annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Races will ply the water Aug. 9 to 10.

The snack bar menu is still being worked on, but is expected to include hot dogs, chicken wings, french fries and ice cream. Sedeeq promises to be flexible when he sees what people ask for.

In addition, he will sell beer and wine in a separate area. Tables will be available for public use.

The snack bar will remain open through the fall. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Wheel Fun Rentals won the bike and boat concession, which will be open March through October from 10 a.m. to sunset on weekdays and 9 a.m. to sunset on weekends. A valid government-issued photo ID is required for all rentals.

The bikes range from multi-occupant surreys, cruisers, three-wheel deuce coupes and tandem bikes. Prices range from $10 to $30 an hour.

Boat rentals vary from $15 to $25 an hour. Both the kayaks and pedal boats have single and double vessels.

Access to Ederle Terrace is over a Long Island Expressway footbridge or from the Grand Central Parkway side of the lake.

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