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Forest Park, Queens

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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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  • We came to Forest Park to ride the carousel. Made in 1910, it's one of only 2 surviving carousels that was fully made by the Muller brothers (the other one is at Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH). And what...  more »
  • I'm so glad that I found this park. It's my respite when I need a nice walk in the woods. Easily accessible by public transportation, but a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. So if you...  more »
  • 10 mins from Woodhaven with a walk up through pretty Woodhaven streets to the most idyllic park in the city! I didn't know you could feel like you have found nature like this on the train from Manhatt...  more »
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  • Nice hiking trails are in the park. You can follow the markers such as Orange or blue trails, etc. Horse trails also present here. Pet friendly and easy to enter / exit. Park is quite large so know where you are entering from. Areas to play soccer, handball, tennis, soft ball and running tracks are available.
  • A lovely park with different varying terrains. Park is pretty large and spans from Woodhaven Blvd all the way to about 114st. I've walked the park and have ridden my mountain bike and its a pleasure. On the west side of the park past the band clam shell, the park rises and you can see South Queens pretty good.
  • With very little effort Forest Park can be made to rival some of the more elegant parks such as Prospect Park or Central Park. The terrain is very hilly, it's practically one big mountain, with a lot of steep hiking paths and a great view over the entire city in some parts. A lot of the areas on the west side of Woodhaven Boulevard are neglected or entirely abandoned. If these areas can be restored and new life injected into certain areas of the park, the neighborhood can drastically improve just by the sheer nature of the kind of people it will attract.
  • Nice place for a weekend outing or daily exercise. Get away from tracks and go to wooded road. It's so beautiful and surreal compared with all the hustle of city surrounding you.
  • Something here for everyone. Swings. Hiking and horse trails A place to sunbathe. Athletic fields. A carousel. And more. btw bring your own food.

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