• Photo by Jeff Liao Photo by Jeff Liao
  • Photo by Jeff Liao Photo by Jeff Liao
  • Photo by Jeff Liao Photo by Jeff Liao
  • Photo by Jeff Liao Photo by Jeff Liao
  • Photo by Jeff Liao Photo by Jeff Liao
  • A view from the Home Depot parking lot off Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills. The QueensWay sits on an embankment behind that fence. A view from the Home Depot parking lot off Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills. The QueensWay sits on an embankment behind that fence.
 

 What is the QueensWay?

Updated 1/16/2014

The QueensWay is a community-led effort to transform a blighted, 3.5 mile stretch of abandoned railway in Central Queens (Rego Park, Forest Hills, Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, and Ozone Park) into a new linear park and cultural greenway. At this time, a team of consultants are conducting a feasibility study and planning process, to identify options for converting the abandoned railway into a pedestrian and bike path, incorporate cultural and community programs, and connect the adjacent neighborhoods to each other and to Forest Park.

The QueensWay is supported by thousands of Queens residents, and spearheaded by Friends of The QueensWay (FQW) and The Trust for Pubic Land (TPL) the nation’s leader in creating urban parks. Working closely with the communities along the QueensWay, FQW’s goal is to to plan and program the QueensWay to achieve the following public benefits:

  • Improve quality of life
  • Create new park space
  • Catalyze economic development and job creation
  • Support local small businesses
  • Upgrade environmental conditions
  • Celebrate the diversity of Queens
  • Improve public health and active living

The QueensWay Plan 

The QueensWay Plan is a feasibility study and planning initiative led by the QueensWay Consultant Team, and supported by Friends of the QueensWay and The Trust for Public Land.

 WXY architecture + urban design and dlandstudio Landscape Architecture have been selected to lead a group of design and technical experts for this project. Hester Street Collaborative has been selected to coordinate the public engaement process for the QueensWay Plan, which includes six community workshops, an online forum, and other oppertunities for community input.

This initiative will create a vision for the QueensWay, conducting analysis that considers recreational and educational activities; safety and security measures; developing a conceptual design; estimating costs and considering implementation strategies. The visioning process began in early fall 2013 and will conclude by the summer of 2014.


QueensWay Plan Links 

Community Workshops Information + Photos

News & Events

  •   on Saturday, April 26th thirty volunteers came out to clean up a section of the QueensWay located in Forest Park. With the help of Parks Department personal, they  removed 30 bags worth of garbage and cleared brush and fallen tree …
  • May 10th Walking Tour is Sold Out To be informed of future walking tours, sign up for our email list here Join FQW tour guides for a 2.5 hour walking tour, exploring the history and potential of the QueensWay. This …
  • Thank you for your input! At the March 24th and 26th QueensWay community workshops, over 200 Queens residents participated in a discussion with The QueensWay planning team. Among the topics discussed were: potential programming and design scenarios, privacy and security of …

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