What is the QueensWay?
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 Public 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
WXY Architecture + Urban design and dlandstudio Architecture + 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 engagement process for the QueensWay Plan, which includes six community workshops, an online forum, and other opportunities 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 early Fall of 2014.