The Acquacade pool and amphitheater was demolished back in 1996 due to non-use and structural deterioration, but now the rusted and currently dim terrace and pavilion on Meadow Lake is undergoing a $13.5 million redevelopment project.
According to the Parks Department, the owners of S&F Petro in Jamaica were recently selected to take over the concessions at Ederle Terrace, however they are still in the process of drawing up the 12-year contract and would not reveal any additional information.
Glenn Kaalund, project manager for the Parks Department, said he hopes Ederle Terrace will be back up and running by June 2014 and will become a destination for park goers in the coming years.
“We are in talks with various public and private entities to present programming in that area,” Kaalund said. “At this point in time, we don’t know what kind of shows will be there, but we are sensitive to the community.”
Boat rentals that are currently launched from the facility in the North Meadow Boathouse will also be moved to the terrace, with a new docking facility or floating docking system (FDS).
There is also a proposal for the waterfront terrace to include a large dining area that would operate from May through October.
“It will be an American menu with some ethnic dishes as well,” Kaalund said. “We anticipate mobile food units in the area.”
Kaalund added that although this part of the park has been an overlooked piece of real estate since the last World's Fair, he hopes that new developments at Queens Museum along with the revitalized terrace will start to bring back some life.
“Hopefully it will be a concession that will be a destination and people will travel to some of the unexplored areas of the park,” he said.
Steve Stollman previously ran the boat and bike concessions on Meadow Lake, and showed some concern over the transparency of the selection process.
“It’s the largest public space in the park,” Stollman said about the terrace. “I’m just amazed that the project of this magnitude could be at this stage without anybody knowing that it’s happening.”
Stollman added that he hopes the new concessionaire is mindful of the surrounding community.
Kaalund assured that the department chose the best fit for the property.
He added that they first released the Request for Proposal (RFP) back in November 2012, ample time for prospective concessionaires to submit proposals.
“We are required by law to advertise all of our solicitations in newspapers and community papers,” Kaalund said.