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RAILS TO TRAILS: The QueensWay could transform the old Rockaway Beach branch of the Long Island Rail Road, which has been abandoned and inaccessible for more than 50 years. A survey shows residents want bike paths, gardens, and playgrounds. Rendering by DLAND Studio and WXY Architecture & Planning

A BETTER NEW YORK: We often combine donors’ gifts so we can fund important projects. Our support of the QueensWay is made possible by donors including Marion Esser Kaufmann; Addison C. Rand; David Warfield; and Dr. Anne Anastasi and her husband, Dr. John Porter Foley, Jr.
December 2015 Newsletter

The Next High Line?

A "linear park" in Queens could link neighborhoods

Buoyed by the success of Manhattan’s High Line, as well as parks built on unused rail lines in Chicago and other cities, New Yorkers are trying to make a linear park along a 3.5-mile section of abandoned tracks in Queens.

The project, known as QueensWay, would stretch from Rego Park to Ozone Park, creating walking and biking paths for residents who want to avoid crowded, dangerous streets. To turn plans into reality, we’re giving $100,000 to The Trust for Public Land, which protects open space and creates urban parks.

The nonprofit group will complete design work for the park’s first section, seek public funding for construction, and organize partnerships to get community support. Eventually, the QueensWay would provide 47 acres of fields, trails, and bike paths.

“The QueensWay will remove garbage and dangerous rails while providing a safer, healthier alternative route to travel by bike or foot, and will open spaces for activities and performances,” says Arturo Garcia-Costas, Trust program officer for the environment.






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