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 this 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 Parks Committee Meeting
On Monday, November 18, we presented findings from public meetings and a draft schematic design for the boardwalk. View a copy of the presentation.
Rockaway Conceptual Plan Meeting
On Sunday, November 10, Parks held a community discussion at the Scholar's Academy to discuss peninsula-wide recreation, ecology and open space access. On Thursday, December 5, Parks staff presented a Rockaway conceptual plan for additional community feedback. View a copy of the presentation.
Community Boardwalk Design Meeting
On Wednesday, October 23, Parks staff held a community boardwalk design meeting at the Scholars' Academy. Topics of discussion included boardwalk access, furnishings, and concrete finishes. View a copy of the presentation.
Community Board 14 Boardwalk Reconstruction Presentation
On October 8, we presented plans for an elevated concrete boardwalk with an integrated concrete baffle wall, and elevated and stabilized storm berm, incorporating community suggestions in the boardwalk design and protective measures. View a copy of the presentation.
Community Visioning Meetings
On September 23-25, Parks staff and consultants held targeted community visioning meetings across the Rockaway peninsula to receive input and provide an opportunity for the public to speak directly to engineers, architects and landscape architects working on the second phase of Rockaway reconstruction. The community was invited to participate in three focus groups dedicated to coastal protection, boardwalk aesthetics and access, and recreation.
Parks Committee Meeting
On Tuesday, September 17, NYC Parks joined the NYC Economic Development Corporation to discuss the second phase of reconstruction at Community Board 14’s Parks Committee meeting. View a copy of the presentation.
Boardwalk Access Points
The Stair and Ramp inventory documents graphically illustrate boardwalk and beach access prior to Sandy. Access points are color coded to represent the different types of access and whether the access is still in place, damaged to be repaired, or missing. Also included is information on whether the section of boardwalk is missing or reconstructed. This information is also presented in a table format.
Interim Shoreline Protection and Erosion Control
A network of reinforced, sand-filled geotextile bags is being created from Beach 55th to Beach 149th Streets. Each section is 100 feet long and composed of interconnected cells that are filled with sand. When complete, the bag installation will weigh almost 50 million pounds in total, protecting the shoreline and providing a hardened core for a dune.
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.
Environmental Review Comment Period
The reconstruction of Rockaway Boardwalk will require an 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 public notice posted below is a requirement of the environmental review process, and provides notice of the city’s intention to undertake activities within the 100-year floodplain. All interested persons, groups and agencies are invited to submit written comments regarding the proposed use of federal funds to support this project until the posting deadline of October 6.
Do you have questions about the restoration process? Want to share your thoughts? Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions, comments, and concerns about the restoration of the Rockaways.