Hundreds Participate in QueensWay Fall Workshops

November 27th, 2013

On November 13, 19, and 20, three public workshops were held in Woodhaven, Forest Hills and Ozone Park. The workshops were led by the QueensWay Planning Consultants to gather community input for the ongoing feasibility study of the abandoned Right-of-Way.

More than 300 residents attended (by some counts, close to 350) nearly doubling the expected turnout. After viewing a presentation outlining the feasibility study, participants broke out into discussion groups, each sharing their own personal connection to the project site, identifying points of interest, and sharing ideas, concerns and hopes relating to the QueensWay vision.

A second round of workshops will be held in early 2014, where Planning Consultants will present their first set of visions for the QueensWay, based on a physical survey of the site, analysis of surrounding neighborhoods and land uses, and community input gathered at November workshops and from the ongoing online forum.

The Friends of the QueensWay Steering Committee is deeply grateful and for all those who participated, and for the tireless outreach efforts of the Trust for Public Land, WXY Architecture & Urban Design, dland studio, Hester St Collaborative, and numerous FQW volunteers, who reached out to dozens of local community groups, placed hundreds of phone calls and distributed over 3,000 workshop invitations to homes and businesses near the project site. We are grateful for the participation of local public figures, a number of whom attended in person, sent delegates, and encouraged constituents to participate.

Photo credits to WXY, TPL