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Kissena Velodrome

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A cyclists' track built in the 1960s and active today

Place Details

Borough : Queens
Neighborhood : Pomonok
Open Space, Play

Place Matters Profile

Built in 1963 in Kissena Park, the Kissena Velodrome helped revive New York City's role as a major bicycle racing center. After falling into disrepair, the track was renovated by the Department of Parks and Recreation in 2004 and it continues to be an important site for cyclists from the city, region, and beyond.

When John Campo, the angel of Kissena Velodrome, first drew our attention to his beloved oval bicycle racing track, the track lay in near ruins. Forty years of off-and-on maintenance and decades of urban disinvestment had left the track -- and many other of the city's great recreational facilities -- floundering for care. Home-grown efforts had kept the track going, but now John and his friends were on the verge of a break-through. The City had agreed to renovate the track, and in April 2004, a new Kissena Velodrome unveiled itself to the biking world.

Resurrecting...

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Sources

Hamburg Coplan, Jill. "Track of Dreams." Bicycling Magazine, October 2002.

NYC 2012. "Kissena Velodrome Gets Back on Track: City Restoring Fames 1964 Olympic Trials Site." http://www.nyc2012.com/news.20030416.1.html.

Rhoades, Liz. "City to Spend $192,000 On Velodrome in Kissena Park." Queens Chronicle, October 3, 2002.

City Lore interviews with John Campo, 2002 & 2005.

On The Web

The Kissena Velodrom website

Nominations

John Campo (Kissena Velodrome)

Nominator submitted place name to the Census of Places that Matter.


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