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The Rain Can’t Stop KCPC Volunteers

The Spring 2019 It’s My Park Day was a huge success at Kissena Corridor Park. We had dozens of great volunteers from a variety of organizations. We pulled weeds, planted shrubs, and put down a lot of wood chips.

The event was organized by Kissena Corridor Park Conservancy and Holly Civic, with major support from the Partnership for Parks and the Parks Department.

We were lucky enough to be joined by Councilmember Peter Koo, a long time supporter of Kissena Corridor Park. Councilmember Koo is one of the many politicians who advocated for the Kissena Way study to connect Kissena Corridor Park with the other local parks in Queens. Currently that project is being moved along by the Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s office and we’re all anxious to hear about next steps.

Until the Kissena Way is completed, our volunteers will continue to add wood chips to the current path. It’s a lot of hard work, but we have many dedicated park supporters. Thank you to everyone who came out and made our parkland a little better.

2019 Newsletter

Deborah Marton, President of New York Restoration Project, recently wrote “Preventing Crime, One Green Space at a Time.” She said ”Green space crucially is a social infrastructure that sets the stage for community engagement”. “Parks are a vital third place aside from work and home that knits neighborhoods together for the common good.” We couldn’t agree with her more. Since the Kissena Corridor Park Conservancy started engaging volunteer services, the safety of our park has been improving year after year. We are the living proof of how a Park Advocate Group can do more for their park. It took us a long time to realize that a local park is built by grassroots’ joint efforts, especially when there are scarce resources of government budget and funding.

2018 was a phenomenal year for Kissena Corridor Park Conservancy:

We were the recipient of the Park Equity Initiative in Fiscal Year 2018. With this funding, we were able to support parks in green space development. We also hosted our first movie night “The Spiderman Homecoming” in June 2018.

We are also proudly announcing, that the Conservancy was the winner of the 2018 Queens Golden Trowel Award. The Reception was held at Prince George Ballroom, in Manhattan on March 27, 2019.
And this is how we were introduced:
“For well over a decade, the Kissena Corridor Park Conservancy has been serving the Flushing, Queens Community by working with NYC Parks to care for the vast, open spaces of this 100-acre park. In 2018 the Conservancy hosted two It’s My Park Day projects, bringing out almost 150 community members to volunteer. Because of this park’s expansive size and abundant natural space, it had become a site for crime. To address this, the Conservancy worked with Council Member Peter Koo to secure two Parks Enforcement Officers to patrol the area. The Conservancy also hosted their first movie night and successfully advocated funding for capital improvement projects throughout the park, including a mediation garden.”
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our partners and volunteer groups: Partnerships for Parks, Holly Civic Association and Evergreen Community Garden; and our team of volunteers: Boy Scout Troop 888, East West School for International Studies and their parents, Tsu-Chi Foundation, The Hindu Temple Society of North America and the 109th Precinct Explorers, etc. Because of your persistent support and service, together, we have made our park looks so inviting.

Delightful news to announce:
* Mayor de Blasio appropriated funding for lighting in Kissena Corridor Park;
* 56th Road which connects Kissena Park was rebuilt.
* A state of the art playground replacing the Cold Spring playground was rebuilt and opened.
* Meditation Garden will be constructed later on this year.
* Mr. Mike Dockett is the newly appointed Parks Commissioner Queens. He is replacing Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski, who retired in 2018 after 30 years of service with the Parks Department.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Commissioner Lewandowski. Because of her advice we formed the Conservancy, so we could be more involved and have a voice for our Park. Since that time, we have planted 7,000 trees, hosted IMP events and applied for capital funding for Parks project. Thank you Commissioner Lewandowski. Happy Retirement!
* Kissena Way Project: After years of dedication, the Eastern Queens Greenway finally received attention from the Mayor’s Office. We hope with their advocacy, the Parks and Department of Transportations will come up with an estimated budget plan for the Kissena Way that is wheelchair assessable before the next budget season begins.
* Evergreen Community Garden, affiliated with the Green Thumb, New York Department of Parks
And Recreation is located at 46-20 Colden Street, Flushing NY 11355,
Mr. Bob Choung is the newly elected President.
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Mark your calendar
It’s My Park Day for Spring 2019
Saturday, May 4 From 9 am to Noon.
Please join us for the Spring Cleanup Initiative.
Contact person: Dorothy Woo 718-762-6383, Denise Winters 917-804-4625

Kissena Corridor Park Conservancy Meeting
Date and Time: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 7 pm to 9 pm
Place: Flushing Hospital Boardroom, 5th Floor
46-01, 45th Avenue, Flushing NY 11355

Moon Festival celebration!
The Flushing Development Center announced that their annual 2019 Moon Festival activities at the Kissena Corridor Park will be held on Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14. In addition to their usual program of the parade and fireworks, the Kissena Corridor Park Conservancy has been invited to host a movie night for the event. Details will be announced at a later date.

Meeting Announcement Wednesday, May 29, 7pm – 9pm

Dear Friends,

I would like to invite you to our meeting to discuss our development planning for Kissena Corridor Park and the re-election of our Treasurer.

We regret to announce that Ms. Claudette Trimingham has resigned as our Treasurer after
her many years of good service at the Conservancy.

Date & Time: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 7pm – 9pm

Place:

Flushing Hospital Medical Center
146-01 45th Avenue, 5th Floor Boardroom
Flushing, NY 11355

(Please enter at the corner of Burling Street & 45th Avenue)

I am looking forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Thank you.

Roland G Wade, President

It’s My Park Day, Spring 2019

The Kissena Corridor Park Conservancy and the Holly Civic would like to announce the upcoming It’s My Park Day. If you care about your parkland and want to make a noticeable difference, come lend a hand on in planting shrubs & beautifying our public Kissena Corridor Park.

When: May 4th, from 9:00 AM to noon

Where: The Rachel Carson Playground in Kissena Corridor Park (on Colden Street).

We look forward to seeing you there!

Thank you Partnership for Parks for supporting this amazing event.

It’s My Park Day: Fall 2018

The Holly Civic Association and Kissena Corridor Park Conservancy’s “It’s My Park Day” as well as Councilman Koo’s “Fall Festival” Events has been scheduled for Saturday, November 3rd as follows:

– Its My Park Day event will take place from 9AM to 12 Noon
– Fall Festival will take place from 12 Noon to 4PM

The “It’s My Park Day” is a great celebration we help organize twice a year. We hope you can join KCPC on Saturday, November 3, 2018 to appreciate the open spaces of Kissena Corridor Park and to see volunteers work at their best for Better Neighborhoods     

Date: 
Saturday November 3, 2018

Time:   
9 am to noon

Place:   
Rachel Carson Playground
Kissena Corridor Park
Colden Street, Flushing, NY  11355

Program:  
Planting daffodils
 
Sponsored by:
Partnership for Parks, a joint program of City Parks Foundation and NYC Parks   

KCPC Meeting Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Dear Friends,   

You are cordially invited to attend our general meeting. 

Date & Time:
Thursday, September 6, 2018
7 p.m. –  9 p.m.

Place:
Flushing Hospital Auditorium
146-01, 45th Avenue, 5th Floor
Flushing, NY 11355
(Please enter from the corner of Burling Street)

Agenda
Update of ongoing Parks Capital Projects.
Approval of Organizational Leadership.
Proposing a dog run for the Corridor Park.
Planning of Its My Park event in the Fall.

Your attendance and input is very important to the future of Kissena Corridor Park.                        
              
I am looking forward to seeing you on September 6th.  

Sincerely,

Roland, G. Wade
President

Free Movie Night at Kissena Corridor Park

You are cordially invited to the next Movie Night at the Kissena Corridor Park featuring Spider-Man: Homecoming.  The movie was made possible by the Parks Equity Initiate Award from Councilman Peter Koo.

Date & Time: Friday, June 15, 2018, 8 pm
Place: Kissena Corridor Park on Colden Street

Please tell your family, neighbors and friends  to come join the fun.
Popcorn will be distributed first come first serve.

Thank you,

Dorothy Woo, Secretary
Kissena Corridor Park Conservancy

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KCPC Meeting Thursday, May 31, 2018

I would like to invite you to discuss the development planning for Kissena Corridor Park. 

I would also like to share the following topics with you.

–  What measures have been taken to safeguard residents’ activities in the Park.

–  The important ongoing activities regarding Kissena Way.

– How neighborhoods can work together to build a better green spaces in Queens.

Date & Time:
Thursday, May 31, 2018
7pm – 9pm

Place:
Flushing Hospital Auditorium
5th Floor
46-01 45th Avenue
Flushing, NY 11355

I look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Thank you.

Roland G Wade,  President

It’s My Park Day has Amazing Turnout

This year’s Its My Park Day was held on April 21, 2018 and was jointly hosted by the Kissena Corridor Park Conservancy and the Holly Civic Association.

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We are pleased  to announce, there were total of 110 volunteers from 9 organizations offering their services for the day. 

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The East West School for International Studies account for 60% of the volenteers and was led by the Service Learning Coordinator, Amira McLaughlin.

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They were far from the only organization represented there.  Volunteers came from EWSIS, Tsu Chi Foundation, Hindu Temple of NA, Rutgers University, Queens College, 109 Precinct Community Explorer, Evergreen Community Garden, and Holly Civic Association.

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We were honored to have Council Member Koo and Congress Member Grace Meng’s Representative, Sandra Ng, join us.  Park manager Sumiyyah Dupass and Partnership For Parks Outreach Coordinator Schahryar (Shah) Tariq provided guidance and equipments for the event.

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The volunteers helped clean up the park in a variety of ways.  One group painting the tables, benches and railing of the Rachel Carson Playground.

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Another group spread wood chip along the Kissena Way.

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A third group focused on general cleaning up in Park, picking up trash in woods, including the future Meditation Garden site.

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All services completed in three hours by enthusiastic volunteers, proof that together we could make our park a better place.

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Kissena Corridor Park Survey from 2007

Below is park survey done by Kissena Corridor Park Conservancy done in 2007 by Fred Gerber. Also below is a proposal to redevelop the park by Chuck Wade and Fred Gerber. Finally there is a letter from New York Hospital Queens pledging to restore the area used as a parking lot.

Below is park survey done by Kissena Corridor Park Conservancy done in 2007 by Fred Gerber.  Also below is a proposal to redevelop the park by Chuck Wade and Fred Gerber. Finally there is a letter from New York Hospital Queens pledging to restore the area used as a parking lot.

 

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For the original pdf file, click here:

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