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Rockaway Beach Restoration

Teens enjoy new Rockaway boardwalk with hundreds of beachgoers in the background

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 4 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.

Rockaway Boardwalk

Construction Timeline

In order to maximize the amount of boardwalk available and minimize disruption to the community, work on this project is being completed in phases. This will allow access to old, intact sections to be preserved until construction is started in that area. Intact and previously restored sections will allow the City to open 3.5 miles of boardwalk this summer, and all 5.5 miles by the summer of 2016. The complete boardwalk reconstruction is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2017.

  • The entire boardwalk will be open for beach season 2016
  • The boardwalk from sections Beach 19 Street to Beach 39 Street will be rebuilt during the fall and winter of 2016.
  • By summer 2017 all construction will be complete.

Get more information about the Rockaway Boardwalk Reconstruction Project by reading our most recent monthly construction update.

Community Meetings

Project Informational Session, Phase 5A
On Monday, August 24, 2015, we joined Skanska and EDC in presenting construction logistics to the community for the start of Phase 5A between Beach 60th and Beach 38th Streets. View a copy of the presentation.

Find presentations from past community meetings >

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. View the combined findings/final report

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. Find out more about the Rockaway Parks Conceptual Plan >

Shoreline Protection and Erosion Control Projects

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. 

Baffle Walls

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.

United States Army Corps of Engineers Sand Replenishment

The United States Army Corps of Engineers has completed placing 3.7 million cubic yards of sand at Rockaway Beach, restoring it to a height and width not seen in decades. For more information about the Army Corps' project, visit their New York District website.

Sand Retaining Wall

Sand retaining wall panels have been installed in the phase 1 area of Roackway Beach from Beach 86th to Beach 97th Street. The panels will be constructed underneath the boardwalk, throughout the boardwalk's entire length. The wall is intented to hold the dunes, as well as the sand beneath the boardwalk, in place. More information

sections of sand retaining wall being lowered in place

construction of sand retaining wall

completed sand retaining wall

completed sand retaining wall

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