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Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Gearing Up for More Bike Rentals

By Katie Honan | March 23, 2015 12:03pm
 The city is looking for a vendor to operate in the park during the summer.
The city is looking for a vendor to operate in the park during the summer.
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CORONA — There may be even more ways to get around Flushing Meadows-Corona Park beginning this summer.

The parks department is looking to add a second bike rental in the park at David Dinkins Circle, near the tennis center and the 7 train, and is looking for a vendor that can operate it during the summer months, according to a March 16 request for proposals.

The seasonal vendor will have the option to open another kiosk by the World's Fair Marina near Flushing Bay, according to the request.

The new additions are part of the "future vision" for Flushing Meadows-Corona Park that will "unify a modern recreational landscape with the historical landscape of past World's Fairs," according to the request.

The city hopes to revamp the park, the largest in Queens, under a plan that includes cleaning a long-neglected lake, adding wayfinding signs and lighting the landmarked observation towers from the 1964-1965 World's Fair. 

The park is also set to get a $10 million fund for further improvements from a deal struck with USTA to expand the tennis stadium.

The summer bike vendor will join another that opened last summer at Ederle Terrace near Meadow Lake, along with paddle boat rentals and a new snack bar.

Interested vendors should email the Parks Department and attend an informational session at the park on March 30 at 11 a.m. Proposals are due April 17 and interviews for the project, if required, would be held May 4, according to the request.