We have collected signatures of support from 231 individual community members who believe in better infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists in Eastern Queens.
Additionally, these wonderful local organizations have also stood with us to make our community a little better for all our neighbors.
Kissena Corridor Park Conservancy, Inc.
We wanted to let you know that we have chosen to publicly endorse Eastern Queens Greenways in their goal of creating a family safe route between the ribbon of green spaces that connects Flushing Meadows Park and Alley Pond Park. There are many trails within this route, however a few gaps make crossing between them unsafe. Around Kissena Corridor Park, instead of a greenway through the park (as is found in Kissena Park, Cunningham and Alley Pond), children and families are expected to ride on busy thoroughfares like Booth Memorial Blvd and Main St.
At the same time, as you also know, for over 40 years a plan for Kissena Corridor Park to be part of a system of trails connecting all the parks in Eastern Queens developed by Andropogon Associates has sat on a shelf at the Olmsted Center unimplemented due to a lack of funding. This plan also known as the “Philadelphia Plan”, envisioned a “central spine” though our park with a safe off-street trail for families and children to travel on foot or by bike away from car traffic.
The Queens Museum is dedicated to presenting the highest quality visual arts and educational programming to the uniquely diverse, ethnic, cultural, and international community in Queens. To better connect to our community, we are requesting a family safe, protected greenway from Flushing Meadows Park to Alley Pond Park. We endorse the Eastern Queens Greenways effort to create this path.
Neil’s Natural Market
Neil’s Natural Market is dedicated to helping Queens residents become a little healthier every day (at least the 364 days a year that we’re open). We care about our neighbors, building personal relationships with them through the years. We help them make sustainable choices. That’s why we strongly endorse family-safe travel through our community, including a continuous off-street route along the Brooklyn-Queens Greenway. We hope you will join us as we ask to connect our local parks to this route, as the Eastern Queens Greenway organization is working to do.
Small business owners know that to keep customers local, we need to provide safe, enjoyable transportation to get them to our establishments. Creating protected pedestrian and cyclist routes give our customers another option for short trips to our stores instead of taking a longer trip to a mega-store with a large parking lot. Natural markets like ours work tierlessly to give our neighbors the healthiest experience possible; we’d love to extend the health benefits to their trip here.
Kissena Park Civic Association
KPCA wishes to endorse (The Eastern Queens Greenway’s) efforts…We hope that by working with them, you will be able to assist in improving the public Greenways across our community.
We understand that plans for a trail from the end of the Motor Parkway all the way to Flushing Meadows have languished for 40 years. We understand there may finally be an opportunity to fund building this trail. We just wanted to let you know that we support such a plan.
Our organization, the Douglaston Local Development Corporation, represents and supports the shops, restaurants, and businesses of Douglaston… We enjoy the small town character of our village and want our businesses to thrive. NYC DoT has shown that streets that received a protected bike lane saw greater increase in retail sales compared to similar corridors who didn’t.
As you know, the Queensboro Hill Flushing Civic Association is always interested in projects which enhance the quality of life of our residents, including their access to parks and safe transportation. We recently chose to endorse the Eastern Queens Greenway in their effort to create a family safe route between the ribbon of green spaces that connect Flushing Meadows Corona Park and Alley Pond Park…While many of the trails are completely within the parks and out of traffic – children in our area are asked to cycle on Booth Memorial Blvd which as you know is a busy thoroughfare, and cross busy streets like College Point Blvd and Main St, rather than bike routes through Kissena Corridor Park. That’s not only unfair to our residents, it is also dangerous, especially for kids.
We are writing to reafﬁrm our commitment to create a family-safe route connecting the string of parks from Flushing Meadows Corona Park to Alley Pond Park. Today, there are many trails within this route. However a few gaps make crossing between them unsafe. A coalition of groups has gathered to work on this issue and we are proud to be a part of it.
Douglaston Village Chamber of Commerce
It is difficult for people to patronize our businesses by bike or by foot. That’s a missed opportunity for our village because about 1/2 a mile from our village is Joe Michael’s mile. This trail is part of the Brooklyn Queens Greenway – a 40 section of trails that stretches from Coney Island to Fort Totten Park. Every day thousand of New Yorkers use it for transportation and recreation.
Our parks provide an enjoyable off-street route for our neighbors to move around the community, irrelevant of their personal mobility. They give our youth safe spaces to develop civic pride. Many of our older residents no longer have the ability to drive and need park paths so they can move at their own speed. But this green network is limited at the intersection around Peck Avenue, Utopia Parkway, and 164th Street to get to Kissena Park, at the intersections at Northern Boulevard to get to Joe Michaels Mile, and at the end of the Vanderbilt Motor Parkway in Alley Pond stopping all access east. Our residents who don’t feel comfortable crossing these intersections have no choice but to turn around, cut off from the rest of their neighborhood and any shops, restaurants and friends they may have there.