Parks reveals new images in Rockaway Beach fixup

Elevated comfort stations are part of the preliminary plans for Rockaway revitalization. Rendering courtesy NYC Parks Department
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Rockaway residents got their first view of what a post-Hurricane Sandy beachfront could look like when the city Parks Department presented renderings at a community meeting at Beach Channel High School last week.

According to a Parks official, the renderings illustrate replacement structures for infrastructure destroyed by the storm. These include boardwalks, restaurants, lifeguard towers and comfort stations.

Though no cost figures were provided, Parks officials said three “boardwalk islands” providing access to beach facilities and amenities will be created at Beach 86th, 97th and 106th streets, while damaged restroom and lifeguard buildings will be replaced with modular buildings. The exact locations are still being determined.

The department also said it has three requests for proposals out for food stands on the beach as well as kayak and bike rental stands.

Parks officials set May 24 as the target date to reopen the beaches, but parts of Jacob Riis Park and Fort Tilden might remain closed.

Reach reporter Steve Mosco by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4546.

Posted 12:00 am, March 6, 2013
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emma from rockaway says:
Yes, because they have a pipeline planned for those areas...The Rockaway Lateral is yet another high-pressure, large-diameter gas pipeline, proposed to run across newly restored wetlands in Jamaica Bay, under Riis Park beach, Floyd Bennett Field, all the way to Avenue U, near the always-crowded Kings Plaza shopping center in Brooklyn.

All the same problems with fracking and radon that apply to the Spectra pipeline also apply to the Rockaway Lateral–and more: grave risks to delicate wetlands, as well as risks from frequent brush fires at Floyd Bennett field. And the safety record of this pipeline builder (Williams Transco) is just as bad as Spectra’s. In fact, since 2008, there’s been only one month out of the past 45 in which they have not operated under a federal Corrective Action Order. Just this past March, they were fined $50,000 for failures related to corrosion control on pipes running through Staten Island.
March 6, 2013, 8:48 pm

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