Local residents and officials met in the community room on the third floor of the Shops at Atlas Park to discuss how to reimagine the Glendale entrance of Forest Park. A public visioning session, hosted by Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) and the Department of Parks and Recreation, is the first step toward revitalizing the boring entrance at Myrtle Avenue and Union Turnpike.
Forest Park is one of the borough’s biggest parks, with more than 500 acres of hills and forest stretching from Bushwick to Kew Gardens.
Currently many visitors aren’t even aware of the Glendale entrance, instead using the much larger and more noticeable entrance located at Forest Park Drive and Myrtle Avenue to make their way into the Park. The Forest Park Drive entrance gets a lot more use because it’s conveniently located near the basketball courts, as well as the Jackie Robinson Parkway.
As a way to bring more people from Glendale into Forest Park, Crowley is reaching out to the community to hear what they would like to see at the rarely used Union Turnpike.
Residents have also complained about pathways that have fallen into disrepair. Many of the sidewalks leading into the park are cracked and deteriorating, making it difficult to navigate for people who bring children or pets.