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: Suzy Qiu
Occupation: High school student with interest in art and design, and getting involved in community and civic organizations.
Neighborhood Involvement: Asian Americans for Equality Youth and Community Education, Flushing International High School
Languages Spoken: English, Cantonese
I visit FMCP: With family for large events like the Dragonboat festival.
Suzy is focusing on how to improve access to the Park. Together with the members of her Team Access, she's exploring ways to:
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.
Suzy, 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.