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Forest Park, Queens

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#11 of 23 in Parks in Queens
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Forest Park is a park in the New York City borough of Queens, spanning 538 acres (218 ha). It is the tenth-largest park in New York City and the third-largest in Queens. Created on August 9, 1895, it was originally referred to as Brooklyn Forest Park, as the area was part of Brooklyn at the time.

The park contains 165 acres (67 ha) of trees, including the largest continuous oak forest in Queens. Some trees are more than a century and a half old. The park sits on hills left behind by the Wisconsin glacier and is a haven for native plants and wildlife in the midst of the city's sprawl. In addition to the park's large full-time bird population, migratory birds pass through in the spring and fall.
Several trails are available for area residents and urban day hikers. Other facilities include playgrounds, a carousel, a running track, two dog runs, a pond, tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball fields, and a golf course. The park is operated and maintained by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.
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  • Thankfully found parking on the street alongside the fields and then took a long walk on the paved (no cars allowed) roads in the wooded areas. We did not do the trails because we had a stroller... 
    Thankfully found parking on the street alongside the fields and then took a long walk on the paved (no cars allowed) roads in the wooded areas. We did not do the trails because we had a stroller...  more »
  • When we got there with several young children, there was only one ride attendant (Sheldon) who had to sell tickets and operate all of the rides. He was amazingly patient and great with all of the... 
    When we got there with several young children, there was only one ride attendant (Sheldon) who had to sell tickets and operate all of the rides. He was amazingly patient and great with all of the...  more »
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  • It's a very large park with different sections. I saw four baseball diamonds, a barbecue area with tables, a playground, and a section of the packing lot by the main entrance where there was a flea market. If you have 20+ persons in your group, you need a permit. There is plenty of space to sit on blankets. There is also a nice long circular path where you can run, jog, and bike ride. I would definitely visit there again.
  • This park is a gem. Plenty of well marked wilderness trails. Easy to park on weekends at Overlook headquarters. Dog park had some water retention but it’s nice and roomy and otherwise well cared for. I went on a Sunday morning and hardly saw anyone. I’ll def be back

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