The Park

"Flushing Meadows Corona Park is one of New York City's most prized Flagship Parks. It has played host to two World's Fairs, in 1939 and 1964; five years of United Nations General Assembly, from 1946 to 1950; two World Series Championships for the New York Mets in 1969 and 1986; as well as many United States Tennis Championships held annually in the park since 1978.

"Flushing Meadow Corona Park has become an indispensable resource for the residents of the surrounding neighborhoods, and for visitors from the entire metropolitan area. For the vast array of people that share the park's green fields, blue waterways, colorful gardens, professional stadia and cultural institutions, Flushing Meadows Corona Park is a welcome escape from the stress of city living.

"... Now that the 21st century has begun, it will be gratifying to watch the park continue to fulfill its potential."

Henry J. Stern - Former Parks Commissioner, New York

Park Map

Monuments and Sculptures

The following Monuments and Sculptures can be located on the map by their corresponding number.

1 - The Unisphere - This monumental stainless steel globe, standing 140 feet tall, was presented to the 1964 World's Fair by U.S. Steel. Today, it is the park's centerpiece and Queen's most recognizable symbol.

2 - The Rocket Thrower - This work of art was created by Donald Delue for the 1964 World's Fair.

3 - Form - Designed by Jose DiRivera for the 1964 World's Fair, this sculpture consists of a stainless steel curve which sits atop a polished granite base.

4 - Freedom of the Human Spirit - This bronze figurative sculpture, which stands 28 feet tall, was fashioned by Marshall M. Fredericks for the 1964 World's Fair.

5 - Time Capsules - a granite monument marks the spot where two time capsules are buried underground. These historic capsules, deposited September 23, 1938 and October 16, 1965, are a record of the 20th century meant to endure for 5,000 years.

6 - The Excedera - A Semicircular stone bench commemorates the location of the Vatican Pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair.

7 - George Washington - This cast of a Donald Delue sculpture that originally appeared at the 1939 World's Fair, is surrounded by newly planted cherry trees.

8 - The Whispering Column of Jerash - This marble column from an ancient Roman Temple built in the Middle East, was a gift from King Hussein of Jordan to the 1964 World's Fair.

9 - World's Fair Flagpoles - Topped by two stylized art deco American Eagles, these poles stand as a tribute to the 1939 World's Fair.

10 - Forms in Transit - Created by Theodore Roszak for the 1964 World's Fair, this 43 foot long piece of steel and aluminum, was designed to convey movement in space.

11 - Untitled - Images from the two World's Fairs and the present day park were sandblasted in black granite by Matt Mullican, as part of the 1993 reconstruction of the Unisphere landscape.

Professional Sports Facilities

Shea Stadium - Shea Stadium, built in 1962, is home to the New York Mets professional Baseball club.

National Tennis Center - This state of the art sporting complex consists of both the Louis Armstrong Stadium [remodeled 1964 World's Fair Singer Bowl] and the Arthur Ashe Stadium. The National Tennis Center is home to the United States Open, one of the World's most prestigious grand slam tennis tournaments. During the rest of the year, courts are available for public play, instructional programs and tournaments.


World's Fair Ice Rink - Open to the public from mid October through April [at the World's Fair New York City Building].

Pitch N Putt Golf and Miniature Golf - Open all year [constructed on the site of the 1964 World's Fair Festival of Gas Pavilion].

Carousel - Open to the public from May through October [from the 1964 World's Fair Carousel Park].

World's Fair Marina - Open all year.

Grand Bay Marina Restaurant - Open all year.

Terrace on the Park Catering Hall - [formerly the 1964 World's Fair Port Authority Heliport].

Terrace on the Park... the former Port Authority Heliport is now a banquet and catering facility.

Photo Source: &COP 2002 Rod Smith, All Rights Reserved
 Terrace on the Park

Cultural Institutions

New York Hall of Science - Built for the 1964 World's Fair, this facility is New York City's only hands-on science and technology museum.

The Queens Museum of Art - This visual arts center is located in the New York City Building. It is home to the Panorama of New York City, the World's largest architectural scale mode of an urban area [constructed as the New York City exhibit for the 1964 World's Fair].

Queens Wildlife Conservation Center - North American animals are exhibited on naturalistic grounds, allowing an unusual intimacy between visitor and wildlife. The Children's Farm offers exhibitions of domestic animals. Open daily. [Situated on the site of the 1964 World's Fair Chrysler Pavilion. Utilizes the geodesic dome structure of the Churchill Center as an aviary].

Queens Botanical Gardens - The 39-acre botanical garden is filled with garden displays and tree and flower collections. Open daily.

Queens Theater in the Park - Queens Theater in the Park presents a variety of professional performing artists and serves as a showcase for local arts groups. The facility accommodates a 500-seat main auditorium and a 100-seat lower level theater. [formerly the New York State Theaterama building at the 1964 World's Fair].

Sports and Recreation

Athletic Fields - The park contains baseball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis courts and cricket fields, all available by permit. Basketball and handball courts are also located in the park.

Playground for All Children - This play facility serves both able-bodied and disabled youngsters. [Constructed on the site of the Hell Drivers Stadium at the 1964 World's Fair].

Playgrounds - The park is home to six modern playgrounds: Dinosaur Playground, Jurassic Playground, Triassic Playground -- each with a dinosaur theme, along with Laurence Playground, Mauro Playground and Saturn Playground.

On the Waterfront

Meadow Lake - This 84-acre man-made lake is New York City's largest. Boating, fishing, barbecuing, picnicking, a model airplane field, and two dinosaur theme playgrounds can be enjoyed at Meadow Lake. For groups over 25 a permit is required.

Willow Lake - The park's designated natural area can be enjoyed by using the newly constructed nature trail.

Flushing Bay Promenade - The promenade extends from LaGuardia Airport to Shea Stadium along Flushing Bay.

TASCA - The American Small Craft Association. Learn to sail. For nominal fees, expert volunteers offer lessons for beginners.

Safety and Education

The Passerelle Building [the 1964 World's Fair Main Entrance], located directly opposite the National Tennis Center parking lot, is headquarters of the Parks Enforcement Patrol. These Parks Department Peace Officers patrol the park, enforce rules and regulations, and are present to ensure your visit to the park is safe. The Urban Park Rangers also patrol the park. They protect the natural resources of the park and offer free nature tours and educational programs.

For More Information

For more information see

Source: Flushing Meadow Corona Park Map and Guide. Summer 2000,
Source: © City of New York Parks & Recreation 2000, All Rights Reserved.
Printed through he generosity of City Parks Foundation,
a non-profit organization dedicated to improving and
enhancing the more than 28,000 acres of the New York
City park system.

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