The idea for a gas tanks storage area at Fort Totten arose after the park received a $262,4000 tram last July. Funded by Borough President Helen Marshall, its purpose is to move visitors around the 10-acre location.
But the tram runs on natural gas, and the closest fueling area is at Flushing Meadows Park, several miles away. Plans called for the lead tram car with seating to be unhitched and driven to Flushing Meadows every two to three days when in use. The remaining tram section is a separate gondola with seating that is pulled by the front car.
Fort Totten Park is a decommissioned Army base that still includes units from the Army Reserve and special city police and Fire Department squads. The fort is also home to the Bayside Historical Society and future headquarters of the Center for the Women of New York.
Geraldine Spinella, president of [Bayside Historical Society]... faulted the city for not specifying a more environmentally friendly vehicle when it put out bids for the tram.
Her suggestion would be to go green [electric] “since it is the wave of the future and it’s more environmentally sound. That would be the best choice,” Spinella added.
[Warren] Schreiber, however, believes adding tanks to the park is a risky proposition. Schreiber said the tanks in Flushing Meadows are not in a sensitive area as they would be at Fort Totten near the FDNY and Army and closer to a residential area. “The city should not jeopardize the surrounding community of Bayside,” he said.
Natural gas tanks under consideration at Totten