Friday, January 11, 2013
Boardwalk repair plans in place
From the Daily News:
[Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski] outlined a three-phase plan: clean up, “safe up” and open up the shoreline ravaged by Superstorm Sandy.
While only portions of the boardwalk remain, Lewandowski promised the same number of lifeguards will be assigned to Rockaway beaches.
Dangerous sections of the battered walkway are being fenced off and dismantled. When that work is done, beachgoers will access the sand through “breezeways” every few blocks.
The city is planning to create boardwalk “islands” around comfort stations, park offices and popular concession stands.
The concessions feature an eclectic variety of food and have been a major draw in recent years, luring new crowds to Rockaway.
Sections of the boardwalk from Beach 9th to 35th Sts. and from Beach 40th to 60th Sts. are in relatively good shape and will be open this summer, she said.
Beach 60th to 68th Sts. will be closed off. The city is considering leaving a remnant of the displaced boardwalk in the area of Beach 68th to 74th Sts. as a sort of natural work of art.
The section between Beach 80th to 86th Sts. held up well, she said. But the boardwalk from Beach 86th to 126th Sts. was either blown off the concrete pilings by the storm or ruined beyond repair.
In addition, play equipment including the skate park and handball courts were destroyed or damaged in the area of Beach 88th to 109th Sts.