Saturday, August 9, 2014

$100,000 for signs at FMCP

From DNA Info:

It might be much harder to get lost in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, thanks to a grant awarded to a group that hopes to improve navigation in the greenspace.

The Design Trust for Public Space — a nonprofit group that sparked conversations about the High Line — gave the Parks Department and the Queens Museum a portion of a $100,000 grant to find ways to help people get around the massive and at times confusing park.

One proposal was to install extra signage, or "wayfinders," to help visitors better navigate the nearly 900-acre greenspace, which is larger than Central Park and to improve the visibility of entrances.

Signage in the park was identified as one of the biggest priorities for the greenspace by the Parks Department.


So signs are the Parks Department's biggest priority at Flushing Meadows? Really?

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

What about cleanliness and security???

Anonymous said...

The signs probably cost less than it would to keep the park clean for a week.

Portion of 100k? How much?

The parks department has plans for FMCP and has for years on their website. Just no money for any of it.

http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/flushing-meadows-corona-park

What do you think should be the parks top priority here crappy? Whatever portion of the 100k pays for the signs, where should it have gone? The park has bad signage, making it more accessible by putting up a few more is a cheap way to make a small improvement quickly.

Queens Crapper said...

How about opening the Pat Dolan Trail more often, clearing the weeds from it and printing pamphlets about nature in the park so people understand better why they shouldn't trash it? Who can't find their way around the park? All the landmarks are enormous quite visible.

Anonymous said...

How about finding a permanent solution for protecting the mosaics?

Anonymous said...

As of last year, FMCP acreage was 900 acres, a loss of over 300 acres in twenty years. The Park Department needs to account for the loss of this area. How much to the USTA, the Wilpons, the MTA, the department of Water Supply Supply, the NYCDOT, etc. The City Council as custodians of the property should conduct a hearing.

Anonymous said...

There was a homeless man living in the Pat Dolan Trail for a few months. Complaints were made. Have not seen him there of late. He had a shopping cart full of stuff sitting in the corner of the trail's entrance. I guess the Parks staff never noticed when they went to unlock and lock the gate everyday???

Anonymous said...

On the north side of the park by the bathrooms, there is a sign "David Dinkins Circle" with the picture of the ex mayor, who as we know was responsible for giving away park land to the USTA to build the stadiums.

Anonymous said...

No Crappy, its not the signs, its the PEOPLE BEHIND the signs! This wayfinding program aimed at hipsters is so neat - and about a decade or two late because they all have i-pads and don't need them.

As to the 'locals' - they have been playing soccer and having cookouts with pappy in the same spot for a few decades and know everything they need to know about that park.

So the big question is whose relative or girlfriend is involved in that program?

Anonymous said...

Print pamphlets so people understand why they shouldn't trash the park? Are you kidding? The pamphlets would just be an addition to the trash. A colossal waste of money. Pamphlets. *smh*

georgetheatheist said...

Where else can the vandals practice their graffiti?

Anonymous said...

Honestly I can think of other issues but this isn't a bad idea. Especially if this brings more people to the park and more people interested maybe the needed funds for other issues will follow!

Mike Francesa said...

No signs in Spanish!

Anonymous said...

I was in the park on Sunday to watch the dragon boat races and the park looked "Crappy". No amount of money will fix the deeply disrespectful attitude toward this public place.
It should be renamed The Valley of the Trasher's !

Anonymous said...

It cost $100,000 for those ?
Its better to hire 3 non union independent worker to sweep and power-wash all summer.
The parks people at FMCP park have fallen too comfortable and lethargic due to all the in-laws & buddy systems in place.
I think all the crazy mentally ill bums also outnumber them, the cops do nothing about it unless somebody gets murdered or the US OPEN is running.