Environment, Open Space & Public Parks

Key Findings

Flushing Bay and Creek receive more than 2 billion gallons of combined-sewage overflow (CSO) discharge a year.

47% of residents live within 5 minutes’ walk of a park in City Council District 20, compared to 61% of residents citywide. Existing neighborhood parks and playgrounds in Downtown Flushing are on the edges, or outside, of the neighborhood and less accessible.

Challenges

Consider more sustainable options for improving the water quality of Flushing Creek.

Identify opportunities for improving access and programming of existing neighborhood parks.

Support the integration of arts and culture into community development.

Recommendations

Improving Water Quality:

  • Continue to engage Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in evaluating additional alternatives to the proposed chlorination treatment for significantly reducing Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) in Flushing Bay that are more environmentally sustainable and conducive to creating an environment for active recreation in the water.

Open Space and Parks:

  • Improve gateways and connectivity between Flushing residents and Flushing Meadows Corona Park, including safety and access improvements, and a wayfinding system.
  • Explore alternative approaches to creating more passive green space, such as vertical green walls and roof gardens, while also improving air quality and reducing the heat island effect.
  • Engage community based organizations, artists, and cultural groups to program existing parks for all ages.

Arts and Culture

  • Involve local artists and cultural organizations in further identifying the sector’s challenges and opportunities for inclusion in an equitable development strategy, including the need for affordable cultural work and performance space, and resources for activating public spaces.