Forest Hills Group Wants to Bring Music to MacDonald Park

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska on May 15, 2014 2:16pm 

 MacDonald Park is located at the busy intersection of Queens and Yellowstone boulevards.
MacDonald Park is located at the busy intersection of Queens and Yellowstone boulevards.
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Michael Perlman/Rego-Forest Preservation Council

QUEENS — The sound of music is coming to a Forest Hills park.

A community group is planning a concert in MacDonald Park, one of the few green spaces in the neighborhood, hoping to turn the spot along noisy Queens Boulevard into an urban oasis filled with calming music, the organizers said.

The Friends of MacDonald Park are recruiting volunteer musicians to play for tips in the May 25 Music in the Park event. If it succeeds, the group hopes to hold concerts regularly in the 1.4-acre space.

“We want to make park more inviting for the people,” said Stephen Melnick, a member of the group.

Melnick said music can be heard in numerous parks around the city, and he would like Forest Hills residents to have a similar experience.

He said the group is looking for musicians who play “soft music,” such as pop, jazz and classical.

The group is also looking for volunteers to participate in this Saturday's It’s My Park Day event. Participants will spread mulch, paint light poles, trim bushes, remove weeds and plant new flowers, the group said.

For more information, contact the Friends of MacDonald Park at info@queensblvd.org. It’s My Park Day will take place May 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Music in the Park is scheduled for May 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The park is located on Queens Boulevard, between Yellowstone Boulevard and 70th Road.

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