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Forest Park, Queens

Categories: Nature & Parks
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4.3/5 based on 25 reviews on the web
Forest Park is a park in the New York City borough of Queens. It has an area of 538acre, containing 165 acres of trees. The park is operated and maintained by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.Early developmentThe Wisconsinian glaciation molded this land between 20,000 and 10,000 years ago and left the Harbor Hill Moraine, a series of small hills known as “knob and kettle” terrain, including Forest Park. The land was inhabited by the Rockaway, Lenape, and Delaware Native Americans when the Dutch West India Company settled the area in 1635.The site of Forest Park was occupied by various landowners until the late 19th century, when City of Brooklyn officials looked for land for a large public park. In 1892, the New York State Legislature authorized the park search, and the Brooklyn Parks Department purchased the first parcel of this space on August 9, 1895, whereupon the name Brooklyn Forest Park was first used. Because of the numerous private landowners involved, the park had to be assembled in 124 parcels, finishing in 1898.Starting in 1896, the landscaping firm of Olmsted, Olmsted & Eliot was contracted to provide a plan for the park. Frederick Law Olmsted surveyed the park and designed Forest Park Drive. Existing residential buildings were auctioned and disassembled and removed. A nine-hole golf course opened in 1901. Its club house, which was designed in the Dutch Colonial Revival style by the firm of Helmle, Huberty & Hudswell (who also designed the Williamsburgh Savings Bank tower), and which now houses the park's Administration Office, first opened in 1905.
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  • If you're a tourist looking for a spectacle, this isn't it. You'll find more famous photos can be taken at nearby Flushing Meadows Park. But if you're a local person or you want to get away from the b...  read more »
  • Natural Forest with hiking & horse trails and small hills for bicycle riders. no views - just a place for locals to exercise and smell clean air. 
  • A vast green area with trails for jogging, pathways for bicycling, areas for sunning, enclosed space, especially for dogs, Park of children with frogs that take water, blasting, basketball courts, rather a very complete and very well had Park. I highly recommend it.
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  • Good place to be completely surrounded by nature. You'll find a derelict and accessible railway at the southern entrance which is worth exploring. The park itself is a maze of trails and woodland perfect for an hour workout. Beware of a whole lot of litter as the park seems relatively unkempt and really sours the look.
  • I haven't seen it all but whatever I've seen I've liked and appreciated. The oval tracks when I was younger, the tennis wall for tennis practice, and what I love about it now, the trails. My favorite is the orange trail, you can't believe it's NYC. Don't want too many people coming here though. Shh!
  • Great course if out early morning, it's in great condition as are the greens. Short course but not as easy as the length would suggest, excellent place to hone your iron play as you can leave the driver on the bag. As mentioned any day before 8am is your best bet, after that you could be looking at a 5 hour round or more.
  • My hometown. It has an awesome skateboard ramp. And sprinklers in the summer. One of the most magical carousels 🎠 🦄. A bandshell where they have concerts and events. Amazing picnic and barbeque area.You can have birthday parties or just have a barbeque with friends. It definitely is nice to have a place away from the cement and skyscrapers to just relax with my family. ♥♥♥♥♥
  • It's a nice park. My church (the rock church) has bbqs there like 3 times a year! :)
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