Monday, July 23, 2012
USTA plans to gobble up more parkland
From the Daily News:
Not every aspect of the U.S. Tennis Association’s proposed expansion in Queens is an ace right down the middle in the court of public opinion.
Advocates are yelling “fault” at the proposal to build two parking garages in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, saying they have no place in the greenspace.
The garages are included in the $500 million expansion plan for the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center announced last month.
The two garages — two and three stories — to be built on the footprint of current surface-level parking, would add 500 spaces.
But several community board members and parks advocates panned the proposal.
“Queens is getting to be a parking lot. It’s wrong,” Eugene Kelty, chairman of Community Board 7, said during Wednesday’s hearing. “We’re not building parking garages. I can’t see my board voting that way.”
The park falls under the jurisdiction of Community Boards 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8.