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First Designs of Proposed QueensWay Released Ahead of Upcoming Workshops

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | March 21, 2014 1:22pm
 These are the first renderings of the proposed QueensWay.
Renderings of the Proposed QueensWay
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QUEENS — The first designs for the proposed QueensWay, which would turn an abandoned rail line into a public park akin to Manhattan's High Line, were released ahead of community workshops scheduled for next week.

Two drawings distributed by Friends of the QueensWay show bicycle and pedestrian paths.

The renderings are part of a presentation for the workshops that will contain several additional designs for various portions of the proposed QueensWay, a 3.5-mile stretch of abandoned railroad tracks connecting Rego Park and Ozone Park.

The drawings "show the potential in the different areas of the 3.5 mile," said Andrea Crawford, a member of Friends of the QueensWay. "This is just a sample of the really wondrous visioning that's going into this and how it's really going to work for the entire community."

The preliminary designs were created based on ideas collected from residents during a series of previous workshops held in November last year in Woodhaven, Forest Hills and Ozone Park.

Participants will now have another chance to offer their suggestions and modify the designs.

The two workshops hosted by Friends of the QueensWay and The Trust for Public Land, are part of a feasibility study, which will also estimate the cost of construction and check the structural integrity of the tracks.

The workshops will be held on Monday, March 24, 7-9 p.m. at the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School, at 91-30 Metropolitan Ave., and on Wednesday, March 26, 7-9 p.m. at the High School for Construction Trades, Architecture and Engineering, at 94-06 104th St. The workshops are free and open to the public.