Forest Hills Gardens and the QueensWay

Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
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You'll learn about:

  • The planning and history of Forest Hills Gardens, a key example of Garden City development in America

  • Plans for the QueensWay, a  3.5-mile linear urban park with pedestrian/bike paths and other elements

  • The planning, design, and implementation process for the QueensWay

Take part in a two-part tour of one of New York's most promising projects. Begin with a walk through the historic Forest Hills Gardens planned garden community led by a planner and local resident. Then take a tour of the site of the proposed QueensWay—a 3.5-mile linear park on an abandoned rail line—led by project sponsor The Trust for Public Land and designers from WXY and dlandstudio.

Forest Hills Gardens was planned and developed by the Russell Sage Foundation beginning in 1909 based on the garden cities movement of England. Renowned architect Grosvenor Atterbury was commissioned to prepare the plan and designed many of the early buildings in the Tudor style.

The proposed QueensWay will transform a 3.5-mile stretch of long-abandoned rail line into a linear park with an elevated pedestrian and bicycle pathway connecting the communities of Rego Park, Forest Hills, Richmond Hill, Glendale, Woodhaven, and Ozone Park. The project will provide much-needed public green space, recreation areas, opportunities for safe alternative commuting, and community spaces to celebrate the cultural diversity of Queens. This workshop will visit part of the northern end of the site, where project representatives will present plans for the QueensWay and discuss the planning, design, and implementation process for the project.

Speakers

Adam Lubinsky , WXY Architecture + Urban Design , New York City , NY (see bio)
Susannah Drake , DLANDstudio , Brooklyn , NY (see bio)
Andy Stone , Trust for Public Land , New York , NY
Mark Walker , AICP , WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff , New York , NY (see bio)