John Kelly, Eastern Queens Greenway
by Benjamin Fang
Feb 05, 2019 | 17457 views | 0 0 comments | 2078 2078 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For years, local advocates have been pushing for a safe, protected path from Flushing Meadows-Corona Park to the Long Island border.

They call it the Eastern Queens Greenway, according to John Kelly, who is a member of a coalition of neighbors fighting for the path. Activists believe it would benefit pedestrians, runners and cyclists, as well as the elderly and disabled.

“By creating one central path, not only is it safe but it becomes really enjoyable,” Kelly said.

Most of the work is already done. Kelly said a series of parks go all the way out to the border, and most of them have nice greenways. However, they’re not all connected.

“If we can make a few small connections, we can get all the way there,” he said.

The group has not decided on a specific route or intersections. As an activist group, they believe their role is to push for the greenway to become a reality.

Kelly said the idea for an Eastern Queens Greenway isn’t new. Multiple groups, including city agencies, have put out different iterations. There were even engineering reports done on the route.

“We’re not the first ones to do it, but we hope to be the first successful ones to complete it,” he said.

The Eastern Queens Greenway group has already received support from Councilman Peter Koo, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic and Community Board 7’s Parks Committee. Kelly said they’re in regular contact with the both the Parks Department and Department of Transportation (DOT).

“From our viewpoint, this is something both the DOT and Parks need to get behind,” Kelly said.

Eastern Queens Greenway meets every third Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Quaker Meeting House at 137-16 Northern Boulevard.
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