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Do not develop Flushing Meadows

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Flushing Meadows Corona Park is the centerpiece of Queens. It was the site for the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs. The recent interest by several organizations to acquire land in the park for development needs to be carefully looked at before any type of major alterations to the park are done.

We need to retain the park in its current state because, for thousands of Queens residents, it is the only place to come with family and friends to relax. There are hundreds of trees and plants of various species that are growing and thriving throughout the park, as well as the famous Queens Zoo, which is home to many types of animals and birds.

Also, there are many types of animals and birds that live within the park’s several thousand acres. Development of the park would surely eliminate many trees and wildlife and would encroach on the zoo’s area as well.

There must be some type of compromise on any possible development in the park. If no compromise can be reached, then the idea of development in Flushing Meadows needs to be tabled permanently. We need parks in Queens. We do not need to have them ruined.

Flushing Meadows should be given national park status by the federal government, since it was the site of two World’s Fairs.

John Amato

Fresh Meadows

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