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The first phase of a larger master plan that sets programmatic and design precedents for the park

The QueensWay Metropolitan Hub

Client
Trust for Public Land
Location
Queens, NY
Team
Work completed by team while at DLANDstudio
Services
Landscape Architecture
Status
In progress

The QueensWay transforms an extant track of the Long Island Rail Road into a new linear public park for Queens. A quiet presence in the city, the former right-of-way is currently camouflaged by school-bus parking, overgrown vines, industrial activity, and limited access. The Metropolitan Hub is the first phase of the QueensWay addressing key themes of the master plan of the larger site.

As a whole, the QueensWay is designed to connect communities and provide important recreation space for local schools. It is a conduit for alternative transportation, shortening commute times and improving pedestrian access to Forest Park. The plan adds 47 acres of new public open space and improves access to existing parks and ballfields.

The Met Hub sits north of Forest Park and adjacent to the Metropolitan High School complex. Integrated outdoor classrooms are designed specifically to serve these schools, while seasonally evolving native planting provides a rich learning environment. The passage includes a pedestrian path and bikeway with improved understory planting to manage erosion and increase privacy in deference to neighboring homeowners.

Visit the thequeensway.org for more information and updates.

For more information contact Susannah Drake or Krista Bentson.

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