Sneak Peak at New Plans for Rockaway Beach

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The boardwalk at Beach 116th Street in the Rockaways nearly four months after Sandy. The boardwalk at Beach 116th Street in the Rockaways nearly four months after Sandy. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

WNYC has obtained renderings of how the city's parks department plans to rebuild beaches in the Rockaways post-Sandy.

They include a boardwalk made of reclaimed wood and walkways with broom finish concrete; new Pavilions with wrap around billboards; and new bathrooms and lifeguard stations that will stand 12-feet above the beaches, in compliance with FEMA's 500-year flood plan.

The slides were presented earlier this month to residents of the Rockaways and members of the community board. The presentation drew the ire of many residents who said they were angered that they hadn't been consulted before the final decisions were made. The Parks Department said it was moving forward with these plans. Below are a few of the renderings.

Residents of the Rockaways were particularly upset with the slide below of the proposed bathrooms and lifeguard stations. They said the 12-foot high structures would block views, and were designed without any input from residents. The Parks Department said it was moving forward with installing these in eight locations.



The Parks Department said it has three Request for Proposals for food, kayak and bicycle rental kiosks for the summer.

(All images courtesy of NYC Parks & Recreation)


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Comments [8]


R4D, Thank you for pointing out the most important consideration in the rebuilding plan: Concrete Boardwalks. Is it any coincidence that the two extensive concrete sections of Rockaway's boardwalk survived? Many articles about the boardwalk's destruction say that the boardwalk was either "blown away" or "washed away". No, it FLOATED away! Wood floats. As the water rises to the boardwalk's level, the wood rips itself away from the stanchions. This will obviously happen again. How foolish would it be to rebuild with wood, just to have this happen again, 5 years, 10 years from now. It WILL happen again. Concrete does not float. Simple.

Apr. 27 2013 07:47 PM

what views are people complaining about? These structures look like they will be right where the previous ones were, in front of large 20 story apartment buildings. I hope they build them higher so they don't get destroyed again, and i'd be grateful if there is any construction on the boards finished by the summer. We get little attention in Rockaway to begin with, unfortunately it took a disaster to be heard. Improvements should have been made a long time ago. These structures are not nearly as vital as the jettys or cement boardwalks we need to keep all of Rockaway from being wiped out by another big storm. The city may have put the wrong foot first, but ill take whatever is offered.

Mar. 07 2013 04:51 PM
schmuwolf from NY

This is so ugly. Why are they ruining the beachfront???

Mar. 06 2013 12:40 PM
sam from Brooklyn

@peg-did u read the article? It has nothing to do with bailouts ans insurance. Its about fixing the beaches for the enjoyment of all , not just local residents. You have violated the instruction to stay on topic. No soup for you. As for the residents who are whining about not being consulted,if thaey want to be they should pay for the cost of any hearings out of their own pockets. We have a representative democracy so our elected officials can represent us. Let them do their damn jobs and if you don't like what they do, vote them out of office, but don't add to the cost of govt by requing public hearings on every issue.

Feb. 28 2013 07:50 AM
Joan from Rockaway

The BIG cuts that congress needs to make are military spending and corporate tax cuts. The government has plenty of money to spend on rebuilding the beach front communities and any other place that is hit by a"natural" disaster

Feb. 27 2013 04:41 PM
Becky from the rockaways from Rockaways

Mike - Peg is not a fool; however, I agree with BOTH of you. We need to restore the rockaway shoreline for the safety of our community. The problem is that the local government did not consult the public about these plan.

Feb. 27 2013 03:38 PM
Mike from Rockaway

Peg -

Do you not realize how many people live in Rockaway and spent their life savings on houses and businesses? Should the government just abandon them? I think your a fool.

Feb. 27 2013 02:43 PM

I don't think it's fair for taxpayers to fund insurance and bailouts for endangered beach properties while denying funds for low income health care. Here is a place where congress can make big spending cuts and really help working Americans who cannot afford health insurance.

Feb. 27 2013 12:42 PM

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