More Wayfinding Signs May be Coming to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
CORONA — It might be much harder to get lost in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, thanks to a grant awarded to a group that hopes to improve navigation in the greenspace.
The Design Trust for Public Space — a nonprofit group that sparked conversations about the High Line — gave the Parks Department and the Queens Museum a portion of a $100,000 grant to find ways to help people get around the massive and at times confusing park.
One proposal was to install extra signage, or "wayfinders," to help visitors better navigate the nearly 900-acre greenspace, which is larger than Central Park and to improve the visibility of entrances.
Signage in the park was identified as one of the biggest priorities for the greenspace by the Parks Department.
This proposal was one of four selected from a pool of 90 for the Trust's "The Energetic City: Connectivity in the Public Realm" program, which asked applicants to find ways to “redefine NYC’s public space.”
The three others pertain to the Staten Island waterfront, space around public housing buildings.
The exact amount of funds that have been allocated to study Flushing Meadows hasn't been determined yet, according a spokesman for the Trust.
The Parks Department, the Design Trust and the Queens Museum are now working with the community to refine the proposal.
Susan Chin, an executive director of the Design Trust, said the plan will “recapture the spirit” of both of the fairs, and "create a new way of connecting the park's energetic, diverse and international community."
“The stewardship that develops here will last for generations to come,” she continued.
Planning and research for the project will start immediately, according to the Trust.