You are reading

Park Officials Cut Ribbon on $6.8 million Mist Garden at Unisphere in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Park and elected officials cut the ribbon Wednesday to mark the unveiling of a new mist garden and other upgrades at the Fountain of the Fairs in Flushing (Daniel Avila, NYC Parks)

Oct. 28, 2020 By Michael Dorgan

A dilapidated area in front of the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park has been revamped following a major redevelopment by the city.

Park and elected officials cut the ribbon Wednesday to mark the unveiling of a new mist garden and other upgrades at the Fountain of the Fairs in Flushing – an axis of long rectangular pools on the eastern side of the Unisphere that have fallen into disrepair.

The western pool in front of the Unisphere has been reconstructed as part of a near $7 million renovation by the city. The project is the first in a three-part phase to renovate the entire axis.

A new interactive mist garden with specialized jets has been installed on top of the old pool to create a cooling cloud that will refresh visitors on summer days and serve as an area for children to play in.

Around 500 hidden jets shoot up into the air from an Art Deco-inspired pavement that has gone down over the pool.

Specialized jets were installed at the Fountain of the Fairs in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park as part of a $6.86 million project (Image: Daniel Avila, NYC Parks)

Several new benches have been fitted on the outskirts of the garden and a new drinking fountain has also been put down.

NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver attended the ribbon-cutting, joined by City Council Member Peter Koo and City Council Member Francisco Moya.

Silver said that the Fountain of the Fairs is an iconic symbol of the 1964 World’s Fair that keeps the city connected to its rich history.

“We’re thrilled to restore vibrancy to this historic site for the enjoyment of New Yorkers and visitors,” Silver said.

“Thanks to Mayor de Blasio’s investment, the revitalized Fountain of the Fairs will continue to serve as a symbol of Queens and place for peaceful respite for generations to come,” he said.  

Construction at the site began in September 2019 and took one year to complete. The total cost of the project was $6.86 million.

Koo said that investing in parks is intrinsically tied to the health and well-being of communities while Moya said that the revamp will help bring people together.

“Flushing Meadows-Corona Park is a place where people from diverse communities from here and around the world gather with family, play soccer, enjoy nature, or meet their life partner like my parents did,” Moya said.

The Fountain of the Fairs was designed for the 1964 World’s Fair and connects the Unisphere to the Fountain of the Planets to the east.

The fountains were renovated in 2000 after decades of neglect but were damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

The middle fountain will be converted into a sunken amphitheater in the next phase of the redevelopment and a children’s water park is set to go down on the easternmost fountain.

Specialized jets were installed at the Fountain of the Fairs in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park as part of a $6.8 million project (Daniel Avila, NYC Parks)

The reflecting pool area before construction NYC Parks)

email the author: [email protected]


Click for Comments 
World's Fair 🇺🇸🌎🌐🗺

Please keep the vandals and litter bugs out of the park along with the trouble makers and gang members.


Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

BP launches new advisory panel for youth to become civically engaged in the future of Queens

In an effort to get more young people involved in civics, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards has created a new advisory panel known as the Youth and Young Adult Council to introduce the “youngest and fiercest” community advocates to both community service and organization.

Members of the advisory body will advocate concerns through means of community engagement by participating in one of two cohorts. The first will be made up of high school representatives between the ages of 13 and 17, while the second cohort will be comprised of young adults between the ages of 18 and 25.

Raga sworn in as first-ever Filipino American elected to the state Legislature

More than 300 community members attended the historic inauguration of Assemblyman Steven Raga as the first Filipino American elected to office in New York state.

Many who attended the swearing-in event at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park wore traditional and cultural attire to the event at the building that once housed the General Assembly of the newly formed United Nations from 1946-50 until its current home in Manhattan became available for the world body.

These Queens eateries are participating in the upcoming NYC Restaurant Week

NYC Restaurant Week is underway, so nix that skillet and bring family and friends to your favorite neighborhood spot, or get inspired and break bread somewhere new and different. During this special citywide culinary event, food-lovers will enjoy curated menus and prix-fixe prices that are easy on the wallet.

Bookings began on Jan. 17 and are available until Feb. 12, and you can reserve a table at 30 participating Queens restaurants, along with hundreds more across the five boroughs.

Man dies in East Elmhurst house fire that left 10 others injured: FDNY

A man was killed in a fire that broke out inside an East Elmhurst home that also left 10 others injured late Friday night, according to the FDNY.

The FDNY received a call regarding the two-alarm fire that broke out just after 11 p.m. in a three-story residential home at 24-37 89th St. on Friday, Jan. 20. FDNY sent 25 units consisting of 106 firefighters and EMS workers to the scene. Additionally, officers from the 115th Precinct responded to the scene.