This hike is cancelled due to an injury to the hike leader.
Approximately 8.0 miles on paved park path, mostly flat terrain, with occasional moderate hills along the tree lined Motor Parkway. We’ll start at the playground at the Alley Pond Tennis Center (79-25 Winchester Boulevard, Queens Village, NY 11427), stroll west on the historic Vanderbilt Motor Parkway with a brief talk on its history, continue our way on the Brooklyn Queens Greenway through wooded park land, to the lovely Kissena Park passing by Kissena Lake, follow through on the Kissena Park Corridor, walking on a wood chip path for approximately 3/4 mile and end up at Kissena Corridor Park on Main Street across from the Queens Botanical Gardens (43-50 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11355). Participants then may continue on their own in the Queens Botanical Gardens, or in nearby Flushing Meadow Corona Park, or travel the short distance north to downtown Flushing. Multiple bus lines run along Main Street, all go to downtown Flushing where the 7 train and many busses are available.
There is one planned rest stop at a park at 189th Street and Underhill Ave, which is approximately half way. The walk is approximately 90% within mostly wooded park land, and there are occasional rest room facilities along the way. Dropping out entails walking several blocks to parallel main roadways where bus service is available.
Meeting: 10:15 AM in the play ground adjacent to the Alley Pond Tennis Center (79-25 Winchester Boulevard, Queens Village, NY 11427). An express bus from Manhattan (QM6) and a local bus (Q46) stop at Union Turnpike and Winchester Blvd. From the bus stop proceed north along Winchester Blvd. approximately 200 feet to the Tennis Center, the park is clearly visible to the left as you view the Tennis Center from the street. We will walk at a moderate pace to enjoy the lovely park vistas. I expect the total walk will take approximately 3.5 hours.
Directions: This walk is almost entirely within park land and there are no stores nor concessions along the way. Please bring snacks, lunch and drink sufficient for an 8 mile walk. Contact hike leader directly if you have questions about the hike. Free for Shorewalkers members who have paid the annual membership fee, $3 for non-members. Non-members please pay the hike leader at the beginning of the hike or visit www.shorewalkers.org to join.