Rockaway Beach Restoration
After Hurricane Sandy, more than $140 million was invested to repair and restore Rockaway Beach. As part of this work, intact sections of boardwalk were repaired, damaged beach buildings were renovated with new boardwalk islands constructed around them, public restrooms and lifeguard stations were installed to replace destroyed facilities, and interim shoreline protection and anti-erosion measures were created. Thanks to this work, more than 3 million people visited Rockaway Beach last summer.
Even with a successful beach season and better protected peninsula, the recovery of Rockaway Beach is only beginning. We are now working with the Rockaway community, NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and US Army Corps of Engineers on a second phase of improvements – providing more long-term protection for Rockaway, constructing a new boardwalk, and developing a conceptual plan for further improvements to the area’s parks and facilities.
Community Board 14 Boardwalk Design Presentation
On Tuesday, January 14, we presented the design renderings for our first phase of boardwalk reconstruction, projected construction start and completion dates, and information on access points and workforce opportunities. The design presented received unanimous approval from the Community Board. View a copy of the presentation.
Interim Shoreline Protection and Erosion Control
Geotextile Sandbag Installation
A network of sand-filled geotextile bags has been installed from Beach 55th to Beach 149th Streets. Each section of bags is 100 feet long and composed of interconnected cells that are filled with sand. The bag installation weighs almost 50 million pounds in total, and is helping to provide interim shoreline protection.
More than a mile of replacement baffle walls were installed from Beach 126th to Beach 149th Streets. The baffle walls prevent sand migration and help to protect the adjacent community. The walls are attached to 22-foot steel pilings, driven into the ground, and the concrete portion of each wall extends an average of four feet below grade.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sand Replenishment
Approximately 3.5 million cubic yards of sand are being added to the beach, restoring it to a height and width not seen in decades. The first 600,000 cubic yards have been added from Beach 86th to Beach 149th Streets, with the remaining 2.9 million cubic yards being placed between Beach 19th and Beach 149th Streets under an upcoming contract. Some of this sand is being used to cover our geotextile bag installation, forming a stabilized dune. For more information about the Army Corps' project, visit their New York District website.
Rockaway Parks Conceptual Plan
The Rockaway Parks Conceptual Plan is intended as a guide for future improvement of city parks on the Rockaway peninsula from the city limit to Beach 149th Streets, beach to bay. The plan will integrate input from community visioning and planning workshops to develop recommendations and priorities for the peninsula.
Finding of No Significant Impact (“FONSI”) and Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds (“NOIRROF”)
Reconstruction of the Rockaway Boardwalk requires an environmental review as dictated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The FONSI and NOIRROF posted below are requirements of the environmental review process, and provide notice of the City’s completion of the environmental review process as well as notice to the public of the City’s intent to request federal funding for the project. In accordance with the notice, comments may be submitted on the FONSI or NOIRROF before February 16, 2014.
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