Anandi Premlal, The World's Park Community Advisor

Photo: Sam Holleran

She'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: Anandi Premlall

Occupation: Urban farmer and environmental educator. I'm one of the founding members of the QueensWay project.

Neighborhood: Richmond Hill, Community Board 9

Neighborhood Involvement: Sustainable Queens

Languages Spoken: English

I visit FMCP: Often during the summer.

Anandi is focusing on how to expand the use of the Park. Together with the members of her Team Opportunity, she's exploring ways to:

  • Invite in and encourage use of the park by people with different needs/abilities;
  • Showcase some of the park’s hidden places;
  • Show frequent parkgoers different parts of the park that might appeal to them.

At a community forum on March 1st, she introduced her 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.

Anandi, like the rest of the Community Advisors, is eager to present her 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.