Adrian Benepe, the former city Parks chief who is now running the Trust for Public Land, said in a radio interview regarding the proposed QueensWay greenway, that parks are “... not just nice pretty things, they’re essential to our quality of life.” I couldn’t agree more.
I live along this abandoned, elevated rail line, and it’s currently a derelict eyesore which could easily be transformed into a walking and biking path that would permit me, my wife and kids to access multiple playing fields, business areas, and Forest Park, all without traffic signals and dangerous intersections. We certainly wouldn’t be alone.
The six people on last week’s cover (“All aboard,” multiple editions), though I’m sure well-intentioned, are seriously (and thankfully) outnumbered by the 2,500-plus members of the Friends of the QueensWay group, who are in support of transforming the abandoned rail line mentioned in the article into a greenway — a safe, well-tended, landscaped environment that would not only beautify the Queens community, but would provide it with some desperately needed green space for biking, walking and relaxing away from the rush of traffic.
If I could make a couple of recommendations for a future Queens Chronicle cover that would more accurately represent true public support, please consider either a photograph of the leadership of the Friends of the QueensWay, or an artist’s rendering of how the QueensWay would transform our community space and our quality of life in a healthy, positive way.