New Yorkers for Parks Statement on USTA Expansion Agreement

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

New Yorkers for Parks applauds the final agreement between the United States Tennis Association and the New York City Council, which will allow the National Tennis Center to expand and Flushing Meadows Corona Park to flourish.
From the start of the public approval process, local residents and park-users voiced concerns about the park’s poor condition and their strained relationship with the USTA. Why should the expansion go forward, they asked, if the USTA doesn’t start giving back, on an ongoing basis, to the park that is home to the U.S. Open? To its credit, the Tennis Association heeded those concerns and has committed to increase its engagement with the surrounding community as well as its investment in the park.
Today’s approval heralds a new era for Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Not only has the USTA agreed to help fund much-needed capital improvements in the most heavily used park in Queens, it will also contribute annually to park maintenance and programming through a new nonprofit Alliance that the Parks Department is creating for the park. The overall mitigation package also includes the addition of more parkland than will be lost in the expansion, maintaining an important precedent: parkland cannot be privatized without replacement.
New Yorkers for Parks applauds City Council Member Julissa Ferreras for her stalwart dedication to her constituents and to Flushing Meadows Corona Park, and for her leadership in bringing the City Council, the Administration and the USTA to an agreement that benefits those most impacted by the Tennis Center’s expansion: the residents and park-users of Queens.

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