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A Look At The New Willow Lake Entrance

August 8, 2010 4 comments

As mentioned in a previous post, work is progressing on the pedestrian bridge that will allow you to walk from Forest Hills, over the Grand Central Parkway, to Willow Lake, a wildlife preserve that is is in the process of being restored at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

It looks like they are doing a very nice job of restoring this walkway.

Here is a photo of the entrance to the new walkway off of the Grand Central Parkway service Road, near 72nd Road:

Here is a closer view of the bridge itself, through the gate:

And finally, here is a short video of the entrance to the bridge off of the Grand Central Parkway service road near 72nd Road to give you a better feel for how it all looks:

Willow Lake Work Progressing

July 29, 2010 Leave a comment

I’ve always wondered about this pedestrian bridge I’ve seen in Google maps over Grand Central Parkway. I once went looking for it and found nothing. Now, an observant reader reports that real progress is being made to bring this bridge back as an active walkway from Forest Hills to Willow Lake, a wetlands area of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which is in the process of being restored:

“For the past few months, when I drive to work, I’ve noticed work being done to what I thought was a restored entrance to Flushing Meadows Park over the Grand Central Parkway (end of 72nd Rd & the Grand Central Parkway service road – caddy corner to the Nathan Hale Coop).  I assumed this entrance would open soon, but after doing some research, I found this article and it appears this new entrance is only the first step in a long process.”

Here is the article the reader is referring to, from the Queens Tribune: Seed Planted For Willow Lake’s Return

And here is more information from the NYC Parks Department on its plans for the area’s restoration.

This will be a terrific thing for Forest Hills when completed. Imagine taking a short walk to a lake and nature trail.

I will check it out when I have some time and post some photos of the restoration. If you have any more information about it, please post below. Thanks.

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