The newly-renovated USTA center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park is set to open later this month, but so far none of the $10.05 million promised in a 2013 deal with the community has been paid out, DNAinfo has learned.
The money was brokered as part of a community benefits agreement in 2013, before the city council approved the expansion of the tennis facilities inside the public park.
The USTA agreed to pay $5.05 million to fund programming and upkeep at the park through a new alliance for Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and $5 million to the Parks Department for the relocation of a road — but the conservancy, which was suggested by local community boards and Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras, hasn't been formed yet, officials said.
Interestingly, about the time this news broke, I received this:
Hi Crappie, Sunday I went to the festival in Flushing Meadow Park and was disgusted with the condition of our largest and most used park in Queens.The main viewing area along the lake where all the corporate tents were set up was just horrible.The Park Dept. did nothing to beautify the area,there was litter and debris in the water that was there for a long time and could have been easily removed before the event.I stayed for the whole event and not once did I see a Park worker picking up trash along the water's edge.
I also took a bike ride around the lake and went all the way to the Promanade by Flushing Bay and the roads are horrible,lots of pot holes and uneven pavement not conducive to good biking and down right dangerous. There are no signs marking bike paths and no signs warning cars to share the road.Some of the roads in the park are just service roads to the Grand Central especially around Citi Field and the Tennis Stadium and cars are moving fast and furious.
With all the big events that are held in the park and all the multi billion dollar stadiums and their mega rich teams you would think we would have a park that would be up there with Central or a Prospect Park. Instead we have a park where we have a crumbling NYS Pavillion the city wanted to knock down.We also had the Gertrude Earle Aquacade that was from the 1939 World's Fair and had seating for 10,000 people and was demolished and replaced with a Gertrude Earle Café that I have never seen open yet.
Maybe a mega mall in the park might be just what is needed to make this a world class park. Only kidding.