Flushing Meadows-Corona Park has been called the "Jewel of Queens," but I would say the jewel has lots of faults.
More than 13 years ago, I had concerns about serious conditions that existed in the park. I wrote letters to the commissioner and other park officials, and I talked with park workers.
It was always the same story: yes we know that there are problems, there is a Master Plan and it will take time and funding.
Why should it take so long when safety should be a priority? Why are there funding issues when the park is home to the Mets and the U.S. Open and other large events.
The roadways are terrible, with potholes and sunken sewers along with deep ruts that extend the width of the road. There are no bike lanes or even signs telling motorists to share the road except for one near the tennis stadium.
The roads are almost an extension of the highway with cars speeding through the park. For large events, cars are everywhere and park on the grass, something that wouldn't be done in either Central Park or Prospect Park.
One of the most dangerous areas is getting to the Promenade at the Worlds Fair Marina. There are no crosswalks, no curb cuts, and no traffic-calming measures.
I would think that in a park where there is a bicycle concession, more would be done to encourage bicycling. This is a large flat park, perfect for family biking.
I challenge anyone from the Parks Department to take a ride with me and see what it is actually like to try and have a safe ride in the Jewel of Queens.