Sandy Qiu, 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: Sandy Qiu

Occupation: High school student with interest in art and design, and getting involved in community and civic organizations.

Neighborhood: ElmhurstCommunity Board 4

Neighborhood Involvement: Asian Americans for Equality Youth and Community EducationFlushing International High School

Languages Spoken: English, Cantonese

I visit FMCP: With family for large events like the Dragonboat festival.

Sandy is focusing on how to improve navigation in the Park. Together with the members of his Team Navigation, she's exploring ways to:

  • Help better orient people within the park;
  • Communicate how to get around the park for different kinds of parkgoers, like walkers vs. bikers;
  • Think of navigation differently for those who are frequent parkgoers, occasional parkgoers, as well as those who are rarely at the park.

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.

Sandy, 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.