Our PlaN

is to ask government agencies to allow a greenway to be built on currently unused land

The only thing preventing easy access to the current Motor Parkway greenway (and the one being built in Nassau) is that no one has asked the City or State to make it happen.

The route we propose (which is similar to the original path of the Motor Parkway) would connect many of the neighborhoods we are talking about.

This route runs through properties managed by the NY State Office of Mental Health, the NYC Board of Education and the Queens County Farm Museum. In short, these agencies would need to coordinate with the NYC Department of Transportation to make access to the Motor Parkway easier.

This could all be done without taking a single inch of property from our neighbors. 

Please sign the petition to help make this happen.

Below find a detailed presentation on how we can make this happen.


Section 1 - Winchester Boulevard to Cross Island Parkway

Two potential paths around Creedmoor's building 40.

What needs to be done?

  • NYS OGS issues a Special Use Permit to build a path
  • Create an street level crossing at Winchester Blvd
  • NYC DoT builds a path
  • Allow walkers, joggers and cyclists to use Rehab Road to get across the Cross Island Parkway

Impacts

  • No loss of parking spots 
  • Depending on the route, a fence and / or the basketball courts may need to be relocated

Costs

  • Paving
  • Landscaping
  • A traffic light may need to be installed
  • Depending on route taken, possible costs of moving fences and a basketball court.

Section 2 - Cross Island Parkway to Commonwealth Blvd

What needs to be done?

Two potential paths around the Padavan Campus.

  • NYC DoE allows use of some peripheral areas for use as a greenway

Impacts

  • Depending on route taken, the possible narrowing of perimeter drive around Queens High School Of Teaching
  • Depending on route taken, the loss of expansion options for NYS DOT at the Grand Central & Cross Island Parkways

Costs

  • A street-level crossing would need to be constructed to cross Commonwealth Blvd
  • Paving
  • Landscaping

Section 3 - Commonwealth to Little Neck Parkway

Two potential paths around the QCPC. Ideally, the path would drop you off on 74th Ave so you can either enjoy a day at the farm or continue onto LIJ & Nassau County.

What needs to be done?

  • NYS OGS issues a Special Use Permit to allow the construction of a path along the periphery of Childrens Psychiatric Center
  • Queens Farm Museum & NYC Parks allow the use of a portion of their property for a path
  • NYC DoT paves a path

Impacts

  • Depending on route, the Farm’s gravel parking lot may become slightly smaller

Costs

  • Paving
  • Landscaping 

Section 4 - 74th Avenue to LIJ

74th Avenue is the built on top of the old Motor Parkway. Signs should be posted at the trailhead to let people know that the trail ends at the Farm Museum. However, if they are comfortable running or riding their bikes in city traffic they may continue on 74th Ave for some distance. Additionally, signs should indicate that riding bikes on sidewalks is illegal. [Please see an example from the Minuteman Bikeway in Arlington Massachusetts]


Section 5 - LIJ North Parking Lot (74th Ave Extension) to Nassau County Greenway

As of right now, Nassau County is seeking funding for the construction of a path that stretches from Lakeville Road to Bethpage State Park. An agreement should be sought with LIJ to allow NCDPW and NYC DoT to put signage up and to allow people to move from one Greenway to the other easily.