The groups involved in the ongoing feasibility study for the proposed QueensWay park released renderings last Thursday of what the project, similar to Manhattan’s High Line, might look like should it come to fruition.
Both renderings, which feature visions of the park proposed for the former right of way of the Rockaway Beach LIRR line, will be featured in two workshops that will be held on the proposal on Monday, March 24 at the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School at 91-30 Metropolitan Ave. in Forest Hills and Wednesday, March 26 at the High School for Construction Trades, Architecture and Engineering at 94-06 104 St. in Ozone Park. Both will begin at 7 p.m.
The Trust for Public Land, a national urban parks advocacy group, is leading the study, which is largely funded with $467,000 in money from the state. The renderings and the next round of workshops are part of the next phase of the study.
During the first round of workshops last fall, The Trust for Public Land and other consultant groups taking part in the study offered up examples of similar projects around the world. In this month’s workshops, TPL says it will discuss safety and security, connections to adjacent facilities like little league fields in Forest Hills and Glendale and safe routes to connect the QueensWay to Woodhaven Boulevard, which the park would run parallel to for its entire length.
If built in its entirety, the QueensWay will stretch along the right of way between Rego Park and Ozone Park and be elevated for much of its run, similar to the High Line, except in Forest Park, where it would be in a sunken ravine.
The proposal is in competition with another one, favored by many in the Rockaways and South Queens, to reactivate rail service along the line, which was fully abandoned in 1962.
Supporters of the QueensWay, as well as the competing transit plan, both face strong opposition from many residents who live along the line, especially in Woodhaven, Glendale and Forest Hills where the right of way abuts properties.
During a public workshop for the QueensWay in November in Woodhaven, a number of residents expressed their staunch opposition to the plan.