Alan Sherman, The World's Park Community Advisor

Photo: Sam Holleran

He's one of nearly two dozen residents we recruited as Community Advisors to initiate community-led transformation of Flushing Meadows Corona Park (FMCP) in Queens. The group is spending four months at our Community Design School to improve wayfinding and circulation in the Park, and its connectivity to the surrounding communities. Read more about these sessions.

Name: Alan Sherman

Occupation: A single father concerned with preserving and celebrating the park's history as the World's Fair site. I came to the 1964/5 World's Fair with my parents.

Neighborhood: Kew Garden Hills, Community Board 8

Neighborhood Involvement: Faith in New York, Our Lady of Sorrows Social Justice Commission, P.S. 143 Parents Association

Languages Spoken: English

I visit FMCP: Primarily for events and networking with a community of World's Fair preservationists.

Alan is focusing on how to create more opportunities for visitors to learn about the Park. Together with the members of his Team Learning, he's exploring ways to:

  • Make layers of park history more visible;
  • Highlight the cultural resources in the park;
  • Give people the background on different features of the park like plants, objects, architecture, etc.

At a community forum on March 1st, he introduced his preliminary design concepts, alongside the other Advisors, for feedback from the wider community. At the second forum on April 12, they will present their final concepts. It will also mark the opening of the exhibition at the Queens Museum that features all of these community-driven design proposals, on view until May 3, 2015.

Alan, like the rest of the Community Advisors, is eager to present his ideas to the NYC Parks Department, participate in further planning and design of FMCP, and motivate neighbors to do so too. Read about our other Community Advisors.