The crumbling World’s Fair Pavilion is not the only concern for the future of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Numerous organizations, including NYC Parks, the Queens Museum, and the Design Trust for Public Space are seeking ways to better connect the park, traditionally cut off by highways and large-scale infrastructure, to neighboring communities. A new exhibit at Queens Museum displays concepts developed by the community in this latest civic-led approach to improvements in the park. Entitled You Are Here: Creating a New Approach to Civic Participation in the World’s Park, the exhibition is the culmination of the first phase of The World’s Park: Reconnecting a Regional Park with Its Neighbors, a community engagement partnership.
Below are four design concepts put forth in the presentation yesterday and on view at the Queens Museum through May 3rd.
1. ARTrances: Artistic entrances that reflect surrounding communities
2. Breadcrumb Wayfinding
Ground markings to lead people in and out of the park with ease. It’s a creative signage system that would pair existing place names with bold symbols to make them easier to remember and find.
3. In Search Of Something Special
A sensory apace for all children and play area targeting all five senses using underused open space and buildings in the park.
4. Cultural Kiosk: An information point with World’s Fair flavor
The exhibition, You Are Here: Creating a New Approach to Civic Participation in the World’s Park will be at the Queens Museum until May 3rd.
Photo by William Michael Fredericks. Courtesy of the Design Trust for Public Space