From the Queens Courier:
Community Board 14 Chair Dolores Orr said the Parks Department had presented the board’s park committee with rough plans for kayak launching bays in Rockaway, along with concession stands throughout areas that are part of Gateway National Park.
Orr said the community desperately needed the project even before Sandy, as it would bring more tourism and revenue to the area.
“We are very much in favor of that in Rockaway,” she said. “We have a very large kayaking community.”
Kayaking has tapped into the water sports subculture in Rockaway. The New York Times last summer featured a story about kayaking trips in the bay. Access, however, has been restricted for many — especially after the storm cause extensive damage and pollution.