The Landmark Preservation Commission revealed earlier this month its decision to not grant landmark status to Flushing Meadows Corona Park, citing a lack of cohesiveness and the park’s changing nature as its reasons against the status. A spokesperson for the commission also noted that the park is not considered an “important example” of its designer.
A park that has hosted two World’s Fairs, is home to Queens’ most identifying structure (the Unisphere, landmarked in 1995), and is relied upon by hundreds of thousands of people for green space, days at a museum or a night at the theater is, clearly, not worthy of a landmark status.
The most frustrating notion in the LPC’s decision is the citation of the park’s evolving nature over the years. The park has changed so much over time because City officials have not protected Flushing Meadows Corona Park the way they have Central Park or Prospect Park. This continues even now, as debate continues over a proposed soccer stadium.
We need our City officials to put a stop to these plans, to dedicate time and resources to fixing Flushing Meadows Corona Park, because if we continue as we have, there will not be any park left.