By Jon Cronin, Editor
Renderings to alter the Jackson Robinson Parkway eastbound entrance into the new $2.39 million Glendale entrance to Forest Park were displayed at Community Board 5’s Dec. 13 meeting.
Steven Fiedler, the chairman of the board’s Parks Committee, said that the project will have a shared bike and pedestrian lane from the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Union Turnpike that will head towards the on-ramp and past the jersey barriers onto the already existing pathway, which leads to the picnic area in Forest Park in between the band shell and carousel.
Fiedler said that the area beyond where the jersey barriers are located will become a picnic area with a bike station that the site’s designers are calling “Soldier’s Field.”
He noted that one of his criticisms of the entrance was that he has witnessed five cars take the entrance ramp onto the parkway too quickly and end up in the trees, so the design needs a better buffer between the on-ramp and walkway. He also believes that it is designed with too many paths made up of woodchips, which do not make them accessible to those with disabilities. Fiedler would also like to see the lighting spaced at 30 feet between poles, rather than the 40 feet as proposed.
Vinnie Arcuri, chairman of CB 5, stated that he wants to see video cameras installed and blue light emergency stations that would call police at the touch of a button or phone call.
Both Arcuri and Fiedler are calling for the installation of a 15-foot fence between the golf course, which would abut the walkway, and path to prevent golf balls from going over the fence.
“I do it all time,” Arcuri said.
The project was funded by Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) who allocated $1.89 million and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz who allocated $500,000.