There are no signs to it, but it can be viewed in an Urban Park Ranger tour. The Alley Pond Park is an amazingly beautiful park with plenty of trees and huge grass fields which are great for being playgrounds. It is fed by natural springs, and prior to the development of eastern Queens, was fed by a stream extending from the modern intersection of Horace Harding Expressway and 223rd Place. [46] Alley Pond, located at the southwest corner of the Cross Island Parkway and Long Island Expressway interchange, was historically a rest stop on West Alley Road and contained gristmills and the Burhman general store. [6], Despite the valley's commercial center and light industrial uses that dated back to Hicks' and Hedges' mills, the area remained agricultural and largely unspoiled into the 20th century. The park contains the Queens Giant, a tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) that is the tallest carefully measured tree in New York City and possibly the oldest living thing in the New York metropolitan area. I had no idea, all this [18], The Oakland Golf Club disbanded in 1952 but served as a city-operated course until 1961, after which it was developed into the Queensborough Community College, Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, and tract housing. [15][34] On the other side of the park, Gertrude Waldeyer led an advocacy group to preserve Oakland Lake, leading NYC Parks to spend $1 million restoring the lake in 1987, with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation designating the surrounding area as freshwater wetlands the next year. [3] Windmill Pond, near the Alley Pond Environmental Center at Northern Boulevard, is powered by a windmill. [4] Colonists also used the valley as a route to Brooklyn, the Hempstead Plains and the Manhattan ferries, and U.S. president George Washington is thought to have used this route for his 1790 tour of Long Island. (Optional) Please tell us how we can make this page more helpful.If you need a response,please use the Contact the Commissionerform instead. [6][35] The area surrounding Oakland Lake also contains Queens' first "bluebelt" system, created in 2011, in which runoff flows through natural-looking landscapes rather than through storm sewers. [54], Alley Pond Park also has numerous hiking and walking trails. The English began to colonize the area by the 1630s, when Charles I granted Thomas Foster 600 acres (240 ha), on which he built a stone cottage near what is now Northern Boulevard.

[6], NYC Parks then began work on converting the park for public use. [50] An urban legend speculated that the lake was 600 feet (180 m) deep with an underwater spring flowing to Little Neck Bay, but a 1969 study of the lake found it was only 20 feet (6.1 m) deep.

The Alley Pond Park is an amazingly beautiful park with plenty of trees and huge grass fields which are great for being playgrounds. [15][56] The APEC building, on the south side of Northern Boulevard, was announced in 1975 as part of a series of improvements across Queens. Bench Painting. At opening, the park had 26 acres (11 ha) of new playing fields; the Alley Pond Park Nature Trail, the first of its kind in the city; a 23-acre (9.3 ha) bird sanctuary; bridle paths; tennis court; picnic areas; and a 200-space parking lot. [35][52], The northern end of Alley Pond Park includes 150 acres (61 ha) of freshwater and saltwater wetlands. [19][20] This contributed to pollution in the Oakland Lake section of Alley Pond Park.