The Trust for Public Land and Friends of the QueensWay announced today that WXY Architecture + Urban Design and dlandstudio have been selected to lead a design and feasibility plan to turn a 3.5 mile stretch of abandoned railroad in Queens, NY into the new QueensWay park. The firms were chosen from 29 proposals from as far away as China.
When finished, the QueensWay will create a 3.5 linear park along an old Long Island Railroad path, stretching through central and southern Queens. It will connect multiple communities and provide a space for 250,000 people in the borough. The park will celebrate the borough’s diversity with art, sculpture and food from around the world.
"QueensWay is going to be New York’s next great park,” said Marc Matsil, The Trust for Public Land’s New York State director. "Our mission is to protect land for people, and this is a perfect fit with that goal. Two months ago, our ParkScore ranking of park systems in the nation’s 50 biggest cities found New York to be the second ranked city park system in the nation. But New York should be number 1, and this park will help toward that goal."
"Our team is honored to be selected to assist The Trust for Public Land and Friends of the QueensWay in planning the QueensWay. This study is an important step in making the vision of reclaiming the Queensway as a green connector and cultural corridor a reality,” said Claire Weisz, Principal, WXY Architecture + Urban Design.
The goal of the study is a strategic plan and conceptual design for QueensWay. The study will be paid for from a $467,000 grant from the state’s Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. Another $140,000 from City DEP will go toward environmental and green infrastructure assessments and private donors.
The winning team includes a number of NY firms including Weidlinger Associates Inc.; HR&A Advisors; Sam Schwartz Engineering; eDesign Dynamics; Hester Street Collaborative; Gayron de Bruin; Sabir, Richardson, Weisberg; Gleeds; Renfro Design Group; and Trollback.