Elevated QueensWay park is moving forward with funding, planning

The park has reached $1 million in funding, and two design firms will launch a feasibility study next week.

Future site of the QueensWay

Future site of the QueensWay Photograph: Friends of the QueensWay

There's been a lot of recent talk about the QueensWay—an elevated park in Queens à la the High Line—and it looks like it's getting closer to becoming a reality. Organizers say they've racked up $1 million in funding, and they've selected two design firms to launch a feasibility study next week.

The park has been in the planning stages for a while now, and received a $467,000 grant from New York State last year. Plans for the park involve transforming three-and-a-half miles of an abandoned rail line from Rego Park to Ozone Park, adding green space to an otherwise relatively industrial area. And though no work has officially begun yet, The Wall Street Journal reports that the Trust for the Public Land has picked two firms, Transmitter Park's WXY Architecture + Urban Design and dlandstudio, which drew up plans for the Gowanus Sponge Park, to scope out the site.

The firms are expected to be announced officially on Tuesday, and the $1 million raised so far will go toward the park's design and planning. In addition to the green space, organizers hope the park will be flush with public art installations, cultural programming and food stalls, just like its predecessor along the Hudson River (here's hoping for those awesome talking water fountains, too).

The folks behind the feasibility study will also be giving residents the opportunity to throw in their two cents to the QueensWay blueprints; a few locals have criticized the project, and one unhappy Woodhaven resident even started a blog called NoWay QueensWay calling for its dismantling.

[h/t The Wall Street Journal]

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