The ongoing discussions surrounding the proposals for the USTA expansion and the Major League Soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park have created a great divide among those in favor of the proposals and those opposed. But what each side should consider is the importance of having open parkland available to the residents of Queens.
The land in Flushing Meadows Corona Park should be cherished as valuable space where Borough residents can enjoy the outdoors. Regardless of whether the USTA or MLS have their proposals approved, we must start to consider drawing a line when it comes to developments in one of Queens’ best-known landmarks.
Without an agreement to end these development proposals, we are ensuring a future where kids have no parkland where they can play and communities have no space for events.
Instead of seeking out how to use the parkland to make a buck, it is time for our elected officials to start finding ways to preserve Flushing Meadows Corona Park and – hopefully – restore it to the beautiful piece of land that housed two World’s Fairs.