Protect Parkland at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
  • Petitioned Mayor Michael Bloomberg
  • Responded

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Mayor Michael Bloomberg
New York State Senate
State Senator Jose Peralta
Queens Borough President
Borought President Helen Marshall
New York State Assembly
State Assemblyman Francisco Moya
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Protect Parkland at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

    1. Fairness Coalition of Queens
    2. Petition by

      Fairness Coalition of Queens

      Queens,

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park (FMCP) is threatened by corporate interests who want this valuable public asset for their own private gain at the expense of the largely working class, immigrant population of Queens. Currently private interests are lobbying city and state officials for rent-free public parkland.

The three proposed plans include:

- A 1.4 million square foot MALL on parkland - would be largest in NYC
- 2 new stadiums and concert venues on parkland
- Several parking garages and new roads inside the park
- 13,000 additional parking spaces in the park and in its surroundings

Most alarming, these three proposals are concurrent, yet there has been no public acknowledgment by the city or any of the applicants of the potential cumulative impacts of these multi-billion dollar demolition and construction projects.

FMCP is the largest park in Queens. Its users are overwhelmingly working class, immigrants and people of color. The park has been poorly funded for years--with budgets far below Central Park or Prospect Park. Currently neither the USTA nor the Wilpon Family (owner of NY Mets) pay any money for the specific upkeep or improvement of Flushing Meadows Corona Park--despite making hundreds of millions in revenue on public land.

About the Three Main Proposals:

- The NY Mets owners, Wilpon Family, proposes to use dozens of acres of parkland land west of CitiField to build the largest shopping mall in New York City--1.4 million square feet. The Wilpons do not intend to pay for the land nor would it replace the parkland. The city is attempting to circumvent the ULURP process by claiming that this project was approved as part of the Willets Point rezoning in 2008. The Fairness Coalition of Queens rejects this attempt to minimize public input.

- The United States Tennis Association seeks to construct two new tennis stadiums, the alienation of additional parkland, and building two parking garages while drastically hampering access to the park by moving a road. The USTA does not intend to pay for the land nor would it replace the parkland.

- An undisclosed owner for a potential Major League Soccer franchise hopes to build a 25,000 seat stadium and concert venue, and parking lot in the heart of the park requiring alienation of 13+ acres of parkland, the dislocation of tens of thousands of parks users especially local soccer players, and substantially increasing automobile and truck traffic within the park and surrounding neighborhoods.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. Decision-maker State Assemblyman Francisco Moya responds:

      State Assemblyman Francisco Moya

      Thank you so much for writing to me to express your concerns over the proposals that will affect Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

      Alienation of parkland is not something I take lightly. I have lived my entire life in Corona and spent m...


    3. Reached 1,000 signatures
    4. ESPN: USTA objects to MLS Queens expansion

      Fairness Coalition of Queens
      Petition Organizer
      Report: USTA objects to MLS Queens expansion

      NEW YORK -- Major League Soccer's intention to put an expansion team in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, near Citi Field, has opposition from some local Queens residents as well as the United States Tennis Association, whose facility could be impacted by a new soccer stadium.

    5. New York Times: More Opposition to Proposed Soccer Stadium Site

      Fairness Coalition of Queens
      Petition Organizer

      For Protectors of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, an Unlikely Ally

      There are so many ways a city park like Flushing Meadows-Corona Park can die. You can underfund it, which the city has tried on a regular basis. You can chew away at its edges, as the city has tried with great vigor, encouraging the Mets' owners to construct a huge car-attracting mall on the northern edge of the park.

    6. Toxic Site Eyed As Replacement

      Fairness Coalition of Queens
      Petition Organizer
      'Toxic' Site Eyed as Replacement Parkland in MLS Soccer Stadium Proposal - DNAinfo.com New York

      FLUSHING MEADOWS - Major League Soccer is scrambling to come up with replacement parkland as part of its proposed soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park - and a toxic site along the Flushing River is among the parcels under consideration.

    7. Reached 250 signatures
    8. ABC News: Community Unites to Protect Parkland

      Fairness Coalition of Queens
      Petition Organizer
      FC Queens on WABC Up Close with Diana Williams

      Javier Valdes of Make the Road NY and the Fairness Coalition of Queens appears with Prof. Donovan Finn, an urban planning expert, to discuss proposals to give parkland to private developers at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

    9. Wall Street Journal: Sports Plan Faces Fight

      Fairness Coalition of Queens
      Petition Organizer
      Sports Plan Faces Fight

      An ambitious Bloomberg administration plan to remake a corner of Queens with two professional-league sports arenas and a roughly 1-million-square-foot mall is meeting with unexpected and growing opposition that could stymie the effort.

    10. Daily News: Fear Parkland Will Be Lost

      Fairness Coalition of Queens
      Petition Organizer
      Plans for new Queens stadiums spark fears parkland will be lost

      Anthony DelMundo for New York Daily News Plans for two new tennis stadiums and a new soccer stadium in the largest park in Queens have sparked fears the projects could lead to a loss of coveted green space in the borough.

    11. DNAinfo: Residents Rail Against Park Development Plans

      Fairness Coalition of Queens
      Petition Organizer
      Residents Rail Against Flushing Meadows Park Development Plans - DNAinfo.com New York

      JACKSON HEIGHTS - Hundreds of Queens residents were up in arms Monday night over the planned mega-development of Willets Point and Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, slamming the developers at a town hall meeting for a land grab. Members of several community groups blasted the plans for the gritty industrial neighborhood and sprawling greenspace, which include a new mall, an expansion of the U.S.

    12. Daily News: Anger Grows Among Queens Resident Over City Plans for Park

      Fairness Coalition of Queens
      Petition Organizer
      Anger grows among Queens residents over city plans for Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

      Second Town Hall-style meeting draws 250 to blast Bloomberg on development of parkland It won't be one of the topics of discussion tonight at the Obama-Romney presidential debate, but for Queens residents the city's plans for Flushing Meadows-Corona Park are of crucial importance for the future of their community.

    13. Atlantic Monthly: Flushing Meadows and the Battle for the Real New York

      Fairness Coalition of Queens
      Petition Organizer
      Flushing Meadows and the Battle for the Real New York

      The Flushing neighborhood of Queens in New York has endured its share of indignities over the years. That moniker - an unfortunate anglicized version of the Dutch name Vlissengen - was never a great start. For much of the 19th and early 20th centuries, large parts of the area were industrial wasteland, the "valley of ashes" that F.

    14. New York Times: In Queens, an Oasis Neglected by the City

      Fairness Coalition of Queens
      Petition Organizer
      In Queens, an Oasis Neglected by the City

      And she has no Daddy Warbucks conservancy to shower her in gilt and so pay for a revitalizing face-lift. Flushing Meadows-Corona Park is a homely beauty, a many-acre stepchild of two World's Fairs, stepping gingerly between noisy highways and stadiums and a polluted bay.

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    • Julian Osorno CORONA, NY
      • 12 months ago

      To safe flushing medow park

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    • Brayan Tovar CORONA, NY
      • 12 months ago

      My kids future park

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    • Jennifer Garay MASPETH, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      The park is for families to enjoy, weather, BBQ kids to play. Also is good for athletic to desenroll their sports. Is the only park in queens with different amusements and attractions.

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    • Silvia Caguana CORONA, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      I love to go to this park and I want my brother and other kids to continue to go to this park. I don't think we need another mall there are 3 malls already not far from where we live.

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    • Anmol Khan MACUNGIE, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      I spent the first two years of my life exploring this park and interacting with nature. Posterity deserves the same. There are already enough "venues" and all this other crap in the vastly overpopulated NYC. Enough is enough.

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