The walk-through was organized by Civics United for Railroad Environmental Solutions (CURES), a coalition of community groups working to improve environmental conditions in Western Queens neighborhoods like Glendale.
The open space near Mafera Park has received community attention in the past in the form of neighborhood cleanup projects and tree plantings. But Mary Arnold, a CURES co-chair, said area residents are now pushing for something more: a formal city-sanctioned open space that would complement nearby Mafera Park.
Arnold said one option is establishing a Greenstreet program there.
“It's an open space,” said Arnold, “it's not a huge space, but it's earth.”
She said preserving the space would discourage litterers. If an area is neglected, “it draws more ugly stuff to it like dumping and littering,” Arnold said. “We're hoping that it'll be an extension of Mafera Park.”
A Parks Department spokesperson said the city evaluates proposals for greenstreet programs after they have been submitted in writing, and noted that a limited number are approved each year. Parks has not yet received a formal request for the Glendale site.