Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, often referred to as Flushing Meadow Park, Flushing Meadows Park or Flushing Meadows, is a public park in New York City. It contains the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the current venue for the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets baseball team, the New York Hall of Science, the Queens Museum of Art, the Queens Theatre in the Park, the Queens Wildlife Center and the New York State Pavilion.
The second largest public park in the City of New York (after Pelham Bay Park in The Bronx), it was created as the site of the 1939/1940 New York World's Fair and also hosted the 1964/1965 New York World's Fair. It is maintained and operated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. The park is at the eastern edge of the area encompassed by Queens Community Board 4.
1965 - Present
Since 1978 the US Open tennis tournament has taken place in Flushing Meadows Park. After "Flushing meadows" became the (secondary) name of the tennis tournament itself, that portion of the park was subsequently named USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Its center court is Arthur Ashe Stadium
, and its secondary stadium court is Louis Armstrong Stadium
. Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets since 2009, sits at the north end of the park. Shea Stadium
, the Mets' previous home, once stood adjacent to Citi Field.
The park is also the home of Queens Theatre in the Park the New York Hall Of Science
, the Queens Museum of Art
, and "Terrace on the Park
" (a banquet and catering facility, the Fair's former helipad). The New York State Pavilion, constructed as the state's exhibit hall for the 1964/1965 World's Fair, is also a feature of the park. However, no new use for the building was found after the Fair, and the structure sits derelict and decaying.vities.