I wrote a column for last week's Leader-Observer voicing concerns about the proposed QueensWay in which I voiced concerns over the cost and how it would impact the maintenance of the existing park land. I wrote:
"Take a brief walk between the Bandshell and Oak Ridge and you will find sidewalks that are crumbled and in many spots, completely gone; roadways and paths that are eroded and have long been in need of maintenance."The existing GreenWay, that runs through Forest Park and intersects the land proposed for the QueensWay, is poorly lit and in many locations, a poorly maintained mess. We took a walk along one stretch today to take some pictures -- this sidewalk is right around the corner from Oak Ridge, not far from the Bandshell and the landmarked Forest Park Carousel. Signs identifying the road as the GreenWay can be seen throughout.
It's one long mess -- and we'd love to see an expensive feasibility study on how the existing park land could be maintained better before spending millions and millions to create more of the same. This GreenWay right here should serve as their "experiment in a bottle" -- fix up this GreenWay and keep it lit -- and then maybe we can look at expanding it.
The pictures and video above represent the reality that exists on the GreenWay in Queens today. It's a far cry from the fantastical renderings released a few weeks back --