Donald Han, 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: Donald Han

Occupation: Software engineer/salesman. I'm also interested in art and design. 

Neighborhood: Flushing, Community Board 7

Neighborhood Involvement: Evergreen Community Garden, Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce

Languages Spoken: English, Mandarin

I use FMCP: A lot; often as a quick way to get to Corona. I use the swimming pool and recreation facilities, and also take classes at the Queens Museum. As an avid park-goer, I've visited every patch of green in Queens. I was born in Flushing and recently spent three years living in China.

Donald is focusing on how to improve access to the Park. Together with the members of his Team Access, he's exploring ways to:

  • Make it easier for people to get to the park from surrounding neighborhoods;
  • Increase the visibility of park entrances/exits;
  • Communicate the best entry points for people coming to the Park in different ways, like by foot, public transportation, car or bike, or using it in different ways like a soccer player or parents coming with their children.

At a community forum on March 1st, he'll introduce 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.

Donald, 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.