Rockaway Beach Restoration
The United States Army Corps of Engineers has resumed pumping sand onto Rockaway Beach in efforts to repair and restore the beach. Access to the beach area from Beach 61st Street to Beach 19th Street may be limited while the pumping operation continues. The Corps expects sand placement work to be completed by the end of October, weather permitting. Swimming is not permitted at Rockaway Beach, or any NYC beach, after Labor Day. Please visit the United States Army Corps of Engineers’ website for more information.
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.
Work has begun on the Rockaway Boardwalk Reconstruction Project. Read our most recent update for more information.
Due to the installation of berms and other service changes, entrances to Rockaway Beach have changed. Visit our Rockaway Beach Access page for more.
Rockaway Civic Association Design Update
On Thursday, September 18, we joined EDC in presenting a revised design for access in the Phase 3 area, from Beach 108th Street to Beach 126th Street. View a copy of the presentation.
Rockaway Beach Design Update for Community Board 14
On Tuesday, September 9, we presented a design update to the full board of Community Board 14 on custom beachside seating, landside planters, and bike lane markings. 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 now being placed between Beach 19th and Beach 149th Streets. 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, and Broad Channel. The plan will integrate input from community visioning and planning workshops to develop recommendations and priorities for the peninsula.
Environmental Assessment Statement
The reconstruction of the Rockaway Boardwalk required a NEPA environmental review as dictated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program. The final report is posted here.
- Environmental Review Record and Environmental Assessment Checklist
- Chapter 1: Project Description
- Chapter 2: Project Alternatives
- Chapter 3: Environmental Analyses
- Chapter 3, Section A: Coastal Zone Consistency
- Chapter 3, Section B: Historic and Cultural Resources
- Chapter 3, Section C: Urban Design and Visual Resources
- Chapter 3, Section D: Hazardous Materials
- Chapter 3, Section E: Natural Resources
- Chapter 3, Section F: Construction Impacts
- Chapter 4: Cumulative Effects
- Chapter 5: Environmental Justice
- Appendix A: Programmatic Agreement
- Appendix B: Natural Resources
- Appendix C: New York City Department of City Planning Correspondence
- Appendix C: New York City Department of Environmental Protection Correspondence
- Appendix C: New York City Department of Transportation Correspondence
- Appendix C: New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission Correspondence
- Appendix C: New York City Mayor’s Office of Environmental Coordination Correspondence
- Appendix C: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Correspondence
- Appendix C: New York State Department of State Correspondence
- Appendix C: New York State Office of Emergency Management Correspondence
- Appendix C: United States Army Corps of Engineers Correspondence
- Appendix C: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Correspondence
- Appendix C: United States Environmental Protection Agency Correspondence
- Appendix C: United States Fish and Wildlife Service Correspondence
- Appendix D: Floodplain Notices and 8-Step Process
- Appendix E: Combined Finding of No Significant Impact and Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds