Port Authority taps Marvel to re-design Flushing Bay Promenade

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As part of the LaGuardia AirTrain project, the Port
Authority of New York and New Jersey has awarded the design contract to develop
a plan for the top-to-bottom renovation of the Flushing Bay Promenade.

The contract was awarded to the architecture and landscape
architecture firm Marvel, a certified minority-owned firm.

Marvel will work with the Port Authority and the New York
City Parks Department to create a plan that dramatically improves the green
space and amenities of the Promenade based on input from the local community.

In 2019, the Port Authority committed to making significant
improvements along the full 1.4-mile length of the Flushing Bay Promenade as
part of the AirTrain LGA project. The agency to rebuild walkways and railings,
invest in landscaping, create new public activity areas, install public art,
upgrade lighting, and improve public access.

In addition to the selection of Marvel, the Port Authority
also announced the formation of a Community Advisory Committee for the project.
The Community Advisory Committee will include representatives from more than 20
local civic, environmental, recreational, and business community stakeholders
to provide critical input in designing a park that will meet the needs of local
residents and park users well into the future.

“Today’s announcement of a new design consultant builds on
the Port Authority’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in our capital
construction projects that fuel the regional economy,” said Kevin O’Toole,
Chairman of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. 

“The agency will continue to work with local partners to see
that the investment in public green space through the LaGuardia AirTrain
project is made with significant community input.”

“AirTrain LGA is essential to extend rail mass transit access to the new LaGuardia Airport, and its benefits will extend to the parkland and communities it abuts,” said Rick Cotton, Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. “The AirTrain will reduce congestion on roads and air pollution in the neighborhoods surrounding the airport. With Marvel’s expertise in attractive, accessible, community-focused design, and with the breadth of the newly-formed Community Advisory Committee, the LaGuardia AirTrain Project will also drive the top-to-bottom renovation of the Flushing Bay Promenade – a renovation that would not happen without the AirTrain project.” 

JONATHAN MARVEL

“We’re delighted to work with the Port Authority, New York
City Parks Department, and all stakeholders on the Flushing Bay Promenade
project. It’s a great opportunity to build a welcoming place where New Yorkers
can connect with the beauty of nature. Using our interdisciplinary approach—and
our skills in architecture and landscape architecture—our team will create a
transformative experience that brings great design to everyone, everywhere,”
said Jonathan Marvel, founder and principal of Marvel.

“We look forward to collaborating with neighborhood
residents to design a vibrant public space that fulfills the diverse social,
cultural, and environmental needs of the community and the city at large. We hope
that the Promenade will be Queens’ next great place. Through our timeless
design, we will seek to bring positive impact to the local community for both
the near- and long-term futures,” said Yadiel Rivera-Díaz, ASLA, PLA,
partner-in-charge of the project for Marvel.

Marvel, whose other regional projects include St. Ann’s Warehouse,
Mill Pond Park and the future Bronx Point, and the recently released Union
Square-14th Street District Vision Plan, will assist the Port Authority in
developing a concrete plan that improves the Promenade, including enhancing the
full length of the Promenade, providing amenities to the local community,
alleviating disruptions to park resources, and improving the Ditmars Boulevard
entrances to the two pedestrian bridges located at 27th Avenue and 31st Drive.

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