Flushing Meadows Corona Park
The Daily Plant : Wednesday, August 30, 2000
ARTHUR ASHE COMMEMORATIVE GARDEN AND MONUMENT UNVEILED ON DAY ONE OF THE U.S. OPEN
After much anticipation, sculptor Eric Fischl's statue in memory of tennis champion and humanitarian Arthur Ashe was unveiled on Monday, August 28 at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, on the first day of this year's US Open.
Parks Commissioner Henry J. (StarQuest) Stern, USTA President Judy Levering, and Arthur Ashe Commemorative Committee Co-Chairs Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe and Michael Ainslie were all present for the unveiling of the statue, a study in the human athletic form. Fischl's work depicts a nude figure reaching up in the position of a tennis serve. Levering said that the statue is "provocative, but that was Arthur Ashe. It is meant to represent all people from all races and backgrounds, Arthur's full range of impact."
The statue is surrounded by a commemorative garden designed by the firm of M. Paul Friedberg and Partners and is located on a direct axis with the World's Fair Unisphere. The USTA plans to expand the garden into a "Walk of Champions" honoring all of the tennis greats who have played at the US Open through the years.
The garden and statue are only the latest attractions to be added to a park with a long and colorful history. Flushing Meadows Corona Park was long ago the site of an ash dump, which became a part of American folklore when F. Scott Fitzgerald described it as "the valley of ashes" in his 1925 novel The Great Gatsby. Since then, Flushing Meadows Corona Park has been the site of the 1939-40 World's Fair, temporary headquarters of the United Nations, site of the 1964-65 World's Fair, and, since 22 years ago, home of the USTA National Tennis Center and the US Open. Arthur Ashe Stadium, one of the finest tennis stadiums in the world, was added to the tennis center in 1997.
THIRTEEN YEARS AGO IN THE PLANT
(Wednesday, September 2, 1987)
HARBOR PARK BOAT TOUR BEGINS
The Department's Harbor Park tour boat at Battery Park will begin service on Labor Day, September 7, by running round trip excursions between Slip 2 at the Battery and Pier 1 at the World's Fair Marina at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens. This unique excursion service will be convenient for people attending either the US Open or the Mets baseball game against the Phildelphia Phillies at Shea Stadium. Of course, it will also serve as an inexpensive scenic excursion along the East River.
QUOTATION FOR THE DAY
The more the marble wastes, the more the statue grows.
Michelangelo Bunoarroti (1475-1564)
Directions to Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Know Before You Go
Flushing Meadows Corona Park Pool & Rink remains closed to the public until further notice. Some recreation centers are being used for COVID-19 testing and vaccination services, the Learning Bridges program, and critical seasonal training. Please visit our Recreation Centers page to find an alternate recreation center.
Due to a major planned reconstruction project, Pier 1 at the World's Fair Marina is currently closed. Limited transient dockage is available for smaller recreational vessels - please contact the Dockmasters office at 718-478-0480 or VHF Ch71 for more information. There is no dockage available for larger vessels or commercial vessels, including passenger pick-up and drop-off. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please check back with the World's Fair Marina in the future for updates.
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