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USTA plan will benefit boro park

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Regarding the March 22-28 letter to the editor “Parkland should remain haven for people, not business,” we are confident that in partnership with the local Queens community boards and elected officials we will ensure a better Flushing Meadows Corona Park and United States Tennis Association Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Our goal is to continue to be a good steward of the park and a good neighbor and active community partner as we have been for the past 35 years.

Understanding and respecting the importance of preserving the park, our plan calls for the least amount of additional parkland possible, just 0.68 acres, to complete the needed upgrades to the NTC. The sliver of land in question is mostly an existing asphalt road, and once the improvements are made the NTC and the park itself will be more green and pedestrian-friendly.

Our plan, which has garnered strong support from the local Queens communities and businesses, will ensure that the NTC remains a top public recreational facility and world-class spectator venue and also continues being a great economic catalyst, through visitor attraction and job creation, for Queens and New York City.

Daniel Zausner

Chief Operating Officer

USTA National Tennis Center

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

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