Water and Corona Park

One of the most noticeable water features near me is Corona Park or Flushing Meadows Park, which contains two lakes and numerous other attractions (listed in my map). In the past, Corona Park started off as a tidal marsh with water flowing in from Flushing Bay. This land was originally considered worthless because of its distance from Manhattan and used as dumping grounds for ashes. Soon after, it was developed into a park and used as the site for the 1939 New York World’s Fair.

In terms of sustainability, Corona Park itself is a positive landmark, providing a large amount of green space and amenities that are easily accessible and open to the public. However, it falls short in that the biodiversity of the lakes is much lower when compared to bodies of water of similar size. This is due to the fact that the lakes are fed from ground water and runoff, subjecting them to pollution and phosphorus from the original marshlands. This creates problems for SDG 6, which encompasses clean water as well as water-related ecosystems. Flushing river has become extremely polluted from polluted runoff and dumping, and the lake ecosystems continue to suffer because of the eutrophication of the water. In recent years however, local organizations have pushed for river and bay cleanups in order to bring the water back to its original state.

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