Rockaway Parks Conceptual Plan
NYC Parks is soliciting community input to help develop a plan for the future of the Rockaway peninsula.
Members of the community are discussing recommendations and priorities in late 2013 with NYC Parks and design consultants in public meetings focused around three themes: recreation, natural resources and resiliency, and community connections. The Rockaway Parks Conceptual Plan that will be generated from these meetings will help guide future development along the peninsula. Please continue to visit this page as we work to develop the plan for its eventual release in spring 2014.
In the spring of 2013, we held two community visioning sessions for Rockaway residents, business owners and other stakeholders to have a preliminary discussion about the long-term restoration of Rockaway Beach. More than 100 people attended these meetings, and many more voted on ideas through our website. Read the Ideas and Neighborhood Priorities that were generated from this these listening sessions.
The two most common requests we heard from the spring visioning process were for a new boardwalk and enhanced coastal protection. We are moving forward with the design of both of these requests. Building on the initial visioning sessions, we are holding community design meetings to create a Rockaway Parks Conceptual Plan.
About the 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.
The goals for the Conceptual Plan are as follows:
- Develop a plan for a comprehensive parks system in the Rockaways
- Complement the Rockaway Boardwalk Plan
- Establish investment goals for parks and open space
- Integrate resiliency into Parks’ plans
- Develop specific approaches to particular sites
Conceptual Plan Meetings
February 25, 2014 Broad Channel Conceptual Plan Public Meeting
This meeting, held at the American Legion Hall, 209 Cross Bay Blvd., from 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., will build on the Rockaway Parks Conceptual Plan, which focuses on the improvement of City parks across the Rockaway Peninsula and Broad Channel to guide future planning and funding efforts. During the meeting, we will review previous community input, provide an update on the Sunset Cove restoration plan, and discuss possible plans for Sunset Cove and American Park.
Come join the discussion with NYC Parks and other community members to provide feedback on what you would like to see in these parks.
To attend this meeting, please RSVP to Jessica Ugalde by email at Jessica.Ugalde@parks.nyc.gov or by phone at (718) 520-5964 with your full name, organization and email address.
February 6, 2014 Community Planning Workshop
This meeting reviewed proposed final concept designs and cost estimates for priority projects developed following input from previous community meetings. View a copy of the presentation.
View the concept designs for Shorefront Parkway:
- Beach 77th - Beach 73rd Streets
- Beach 85th - Beach 77th Streets
- Beach 96th - Beach 86th Streets
- Beach 103rd - Beach 97th Streets
- Beach 108th - Beach 104th Streets
December 5, 2013 Public Meeting Presentation
On Thursday, December 5, 2013, Parks staff presented a Rockaway conceptual plan for additional community feedback. View a copy of the presentation.
The following opportunity site concept maps were also presented at the public meeting:
Opportunity Site Concept Maps
- Beach 20th Street Overlook
- Beach 26th - 27th Streets
- Beach 32nd - 56th Streets
- Beach 74th - 108th Streets
- Beach 88th Street Park
- Beach 108th Street Esplanade
- Rockaway Community Park
- Bayswater Park
- Thursby Basin Park
- Beach 94th - 95th Street Corridor
- Bayfront Trail
November 10, 2013 Public Meeting Presentation
On November 10, 2013, Parks staff and consultants held a public meeting to receive input and provide an opportunity for Rockaway residents to speak directly to those working on the Conceptual Plan.
The below presentation was given as an introduction to the plan, addressing the historical context of the Rockaways, goals of the plan, existing conditions on the peninsula, and a summary of previous community input. Following the presentation, residents offered ideas for park improvement opportunities.
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- Agenda, Section 2: Project Schedule, and Section 3: Goals for the Rockaway Parks Conceptual Plan
- Section 4: Existing Conditions Overview
- Section 5: Workshop Groups, Section 6: Group Findings, Section 7: Next Steps
Do you have questions about the conceptual plan? Want to share your thoughts? Please feel free to email email@example.com with your questions, comments, and concerns about the plan for the Rockaways.