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Rockaway Parks Conceptual Plan Rockaway Priorities and
Neighborhood Ideas

More than 100 local residents and community representatives came out to a community work session on April 6, 2013 to share their concerns and wishes for the future of the Rockaways. Read their ideas, and then visit our Rockaway Parks Conceptual Plan page to give input on your preferences and priorities.

Rockaway Priorities

Shoreline Protection

  • Plant dunes with surge protection vegetation
  • Reinforce dunes with Christmas trees
  • Reinforce dunes with Hesco barriers
  • Make boardwalk three feet higher
  • Add concrete steps on the beach side as a barrier
  • Add groins and sand for eroded beaches and dunes
  • Build a higher and wider concrete walkway
  • Create a structure 6-feet high, 6-feet deep with 16-foot I-beams; From Beach 126th Street to Beach 9th Street.
  • Construct a strong concrete boardwalk
  • Construct multiple tiers/layers of sea wall protection.
  • Construct a sea wall with vehicle-free boardwalk on top (10-15 feet high)
  • Construct elevated parks
  • Construct sea walls on the bay side
  • Create T groins
  • Create artificial reefs to attenuate waves
  • Construct a double dune system like the one suggested by Walter Meyer
  • Incorporate a sea wall into the boardwalk
  • Construct a continuous boardwalk
  • Incorporate structures such as below ground parking to strengthen the dunes and divert storm water
  • Plant more erosion preventing vegetation such as Black Pines
  • Build double dunes with trees and grass
  • Build for 50-year storms, not 100-year storms
  • Replenish the beach sand
  • Construct jetties
  • Make a sea wall promenade
  • Institutionalize beach replenishment

Recreation

  • Create flexible interior space
  • Build an amphitheater
  • Add programs and activities from early spring to late fall
  • Build colorful themed playgrounds
  • Build a state-of-the-art hockey rink
  • Build a state-of-the-art skate park
  • Add more volleyball courts
  • Add more basketball courts
  • Add more handball courts
  • Add play areas with sprinklers
  • Establish a dog park
  • Create new bike paths and lanes
  • Provide beach recreation
  • Establish swim-at-your-own-risk areas
  • Build changing areas
  • Build playgrounds every ten blocks
  • Add family-oriented recreational programming/amenities, such as zumba and yoga
  • Build a hockey rink at 109th Street
  • Build continuous boardwalk with other recreation facilities
  • Rebuild a large skate park with stadium seating
  • Shaded areas such as a gazebo or pergolas
  • Build playgrounds and water parks
  • Model playgrounds after the playground at 30th Street.
  • Designate a dog beach
  • Add bike racks

Concessions and Economic Development

  • Make the promenade the next "High Line"
  • Build oceanfront concessions near transit hubs
  • Spread out concession areas to alleviate congestion following subway line. Create theme areas.
  • Build more concessions on the boardwalk
  • Build more concessions between 9th and 30th Streets
  • Provide RV rentals
  • Create more ferry stops, keep them open longer
  • Build an amphitheater
  • Build a hotel
  • Build a waterpark

Better Communication and Community Involvement

  • "Better and more information sharing between Parks and community."
  • "How the federal government will spend the money. It needs to go where it belongs."
  • "Flow of federal dollars--spend wisely, want to be informed/timeline."
  • "More community input on permanent structures. Beach 66th, 67th, and 73rd Street bathrooms. Arverne opposes them"
  • "Flow of federal funds with DEP; received and how spent."
  • "New facilities. What is going in and where specifically? Future transparency."
  • "Shared decision making between community and parks on planning and how to spend money"
  • "1. Community Education/Awareness and Participation; 2. Adopt-a-Beach; 3. Educational signs respecting marine life and beaches (include artists, MOMA, children); 3. Community gardens/green areas; 4. Programming."
  • "1. Include the community in decision-making process; 2. Respect us".

Community Concerns and Aesthetics

  • Provide aesthetically pleasing designs
  • Make sure bathrooms are clean
  • Preserve bus shelters on Shorefront Parkway
  • Remove glass/debris off of beach
  • Do not spend excessive funds on temporary solutions
  • Create a mechanism for shared decision making between community and parks on park planning
  • Focus on community education/awareness and participation about marine life and beaches (include artists, MOMA, children)
  • Include the community in decision-making process
  • Install decorative lighting to improve security
  • Establish sufficient police and PEP presence to enforce rules and issue warnings
  • Provide better accessibility including Mobi mats
  • Create access points related to parking, mass transit, and commercial facilities
  • Provide benches with 50 percent shading structures
  • Create aesthetically pleasing designs for structures
  • Initiate an Adopt-a-Beach program
  • Provide educational signs about respecting the environment
  • Reduce height of bathrooms and life guard stations, even if they have to be temporary
  • Create community gardens/green areas
  • Provide wi-fi
  • Create landscapes with environmentally appropriate plantings
  • Reconsider the height and locations of structures
  • Concentrate public facilities such as restrooms near commercial and transit hubs, not nature preserves

Neighborhood Ideas

Beach 8 to Beach 57

  • More concessions between Beach 9th and Beach 30th Streets
  • Concessions along subway stops don’t extend below Beach 30th St.
  • Create parking at Beach 30th Street Playground
  • Use Beach 30th Street Playground as a model
  • Rebuild football field at Beach 32nd Street
  • Add jetties
  • Improve landscaping , include evergreens
  • Add parking at Beach 32nd Street
  • Build recreation center for indoor activities such as exercise classes, exercise equipment and meeting rooms at Bayswater Park
  • Create surfing beach at Beach 36th Street
  • Upgrade tennis courts at Bayswater Park

Beach 57 to Beach 90

  • Build an amphitheatre at Beach 88th Street by Cross Bay Bridge
  • Build amphitheater around Beach 84th Street and the fire pit area
  • Build year-round bathrooms and changing stations
  • Consider the environment when siting and constructing bathrooms and lifeguard stands
  • Don’t build lifeguard stations/bathrooms elevated in front of homes at Beach 66th and Beach 73rd Streets
  • Build lifeguard stations/bathrooms near transit plaza between Beach 67th and Beach 68th Streets
  • Build a bathroom and lifeguard station
  • Beach 68th Street should be access point
  • Increase protection from future storm surge: add higher wider dunes, wider beaches, higher boardwalk, different beach profile
  • Build a children's park at Beach 88th Street
  • Consult with Arverne by the Sea on their development plans
  • Build a dog park
  • Add dog park at the intersection of the Rockaway Freeway and the Subway bridge
  • Add ferry stop at Arverne by Sea Marina and Edgemere Area
  • Find funding for 88th Park
  • Build gazebo on site at Old Ice Skating Pond
  • Add trees, grass, and shrubs
  • Add lifeguard chairs/comfort stations - need Groins with them
  • More concessions from Beach 84th to Beach 90th Streets
  • Kayak Concession at Beach 88th Park
  • Create a Multi Purpose Building at Beach 88th Street, use it for emergency relief, fairs, community meetings, educational aquatic art
  • Create a Nature Preserve at Beach 88th Park
  • More Parking by Rockaway Freeway
  • More Parking at Beach 76th Street
  • More Parking at Beach 76th Street
  • Limit beach access at beach between Beach 62nd and Beach 74th Streets, it is a protected area for the piping plover
  • Reconsider construction of bathrooms at Beach 66th Street due to nesting piping plovers.
  • Add public bathrooms to the Arverne by the Sea condominium area rather than on the boardwalk at Beach 66th and Beach 73rd Streets.
  • Maintain natural preservation of land, dunes, piping plover
  • Create sand dunes
  • Construct double sand dunes around boardwalk
  • Improve the cleanliness of the sewer at Beach 88th Street
  • Provide seating at Beach 90th Street Skate Park
  • Fix the subway
  • Create swim-at-your-own-risk areas
  • Construct a tennis court at Beach 73rd Street
  • Build higher sea wall for protection

Beach 90 to Beach 120

  • Add lifeguard chairs/comfort stations - need groins with them
  • Add paddleball courts
  • Add parking at Beach 110th Street
  • Rebuild playground
  • Add playgrounds
  • Restaurants (Thai Rock and Bungalow) should be open soon
  • Change lane size at Beach 116th St
  • Add extra double dunes for protection
  • Build a sea wall
  • Create more shade
  • Create the same kind of park as Beach 108th Street at Beach 73rd Street
  • Add a skate park
  • Add soccer fields
  • Add sprinklers
  • Reduce traffic congestion between B 116 to 117 - concern for emergency access
  • Address shoreline erosion at Tribute Park
  • Add irrigation at Tribute Park
  • Add landscaping to Tribute Park
  • Add lights and electricity for safety at Tribute Park
  • Build brick pathways at Tribute Park
  • Add security cameras at Tribute Park
  • Provide a new whale statue

Beach 120 to Beach 149

  • Raise sea wall on the bay
  • Expand beach 200 yards into ocean
  • Provide rock jetties and groins to hold sand
  • Use Grillo Bus Stop for Multi Service shelters; for locals to sell their wares, as a lost and found, and a safe space for lost and homeless
  • Construct dunes
  • Replenish beach sand
  • Construct a 18-foot high double dune system 50 yards wide
  • Dunes and rock jetties on beach
  • Wall from Beach 126th Street to Beach 149th Street should be 6 feet below and 6 feet above ground
  • Construct elevated seawalls
  • Install backflow prevention valves on storm sewers.
  • Protect Beach 126th Street
  • Construct sea walls 6' high x 6' deep wall with structural I-beams 16' in the ground

General Ideas

  • Collaboration with schools for art program
  • Create Arts Alliance to the west of intersection of Marine Parkway Bridge and State Rd
  • Create artificial reefs for wave action off shore
  • Add trains and cars for artificial reef
  • Bathrooms are ugly
  • Build walls to protect bayside property
  • Increase the amount of parkland on the bay side
  • Construct Boat launch ramps on the bay
  • Boat, canoe, and kayak rentals on bay
  • Add boating buoys on bay side
  • Beach replenishment
  • Diagonal off-set at beach entrances
  • Make the beach and dune system stronger in order to protect residents homes
  • Place bicycle lanes on boardwalk
  • Bike paths
  • Add a bike lane on the boardwalk
  • Bike Racks
  • Add bleachers to the surf beach
  • Make the boardwalk like the Rockaways "Highline"
  • Build solid concrete boardwalk
  • Wood boardwalk
  • Protect boardwalk
  • Boardwalk goes all the way to 126 St
  • Raise boardwalk at least 5 ft.
  • Raise Boardwalks 10ft
  • Build a continuing stone/boardwalk on top of a newly constructed seawall
  • Build concrete boardwalks
  • Construct concrete walls on north and south sides, fill with sand.
  • Build a continuous boardwalk with protections built in
  • What is the planned height of the boardwalk compared to the pre-Sandy boardwalk?
  • Elevate the Boardwalk/Promenade and extend it to both ends of the peninsula
  • Add continuous entrance to the beach from the boardwalk with concrete steps
  • Meandering Path-bike and walking boardwalk
  • Bowling Alley
  • Improve the Grillo Bus Stop with the painted murals to become sun-rain shelters. Enclose for better shelter protection.
  • Designate camping areas
  • Create an area for RV rentals off the beach
  • Where is the CEHA? Beach Front Road or Boardwalk?
  • Create a community liaison position
  • Publish an article from DPR in The Wave weekly
  • Community Center
  • The city is more concerned with making money from concessions the protecting residents
  • A sand replenishment plan has been created which can be coordinated with the Army Corps Sand Replenishment Plan. This plan can be completed in 6-8 month for less than $25mil.
  • Share decision making on planning with the community
  • Input does not equal shared decision making
  • Need more community input
  • Don't build anything in the beach area without community consent.
  • Dog-friendly areas on beach/boardwalk (off leash)
  • Dog walk areas
  • Add dog beach with attendants
  • Designate a dog beach
  • Add hesco barriers
  • Hesco Barriers with dunes
  • Add Hesco Barriers
  • Natural Barrier from Breezy Point to downtown
  • Add double dunes and soft-soaping to protect homes along south shore
  • Create more community events
  • Build exercise stations
  • Add ferry to the west of Marine Parkway Bridge
  • Create more ferry stops coming from BK and LIC during summer
  • Create an airport ferry stop
  • Need an advisor to get the best price for work on these projects.
  • Add a foot washing station every block or 2 along the boardwalk with fresh water
  • Clean Debris
  • Keep beach clean
  • Clean up the small debris in the beach sand
  • Clean and sift the top layer of sand
  • Dog waste receptacles
  • Covered garbage cans
  • Garbage cans on shore front
  • More covered garbage cans and more pick-ups
  • Add Groins
  • Add Jetties
  • Jetties
  • Build rock jetties
  • Add rock jetties
  • Plantings along boardwalk.
  • Add trees and plants that will protect and beautify
  • Tree plantings only useful near shore
  • Plantings along boardwalk.
  • Plant dunes with scrub pines and grass
  • Change lifeguard hours to remain until 7pm
  • Solar lights along boardwalk and streets.
  • Add lighting to confined areas
  • Add concessions along south shore
  • Create concession corridors
  • Build a nature facility/education center
  • Public info ignores operations east of Broad Channel i.e. tied to the subway
  • Restore Park facilities along boardwalk
  • Increase parking and number of parking lots
  • More parking btw. 9 St and 50 St
  • Provide parking under the train stations along Bay
  • Need more Parks Enforcement Police
  • Tickets for litter and smoking
  • Build a pier
  • Protect piping plovers on beach
  • Plant more black pines and grasses to prevent erosion
  • Add surge protectant vegetation on medians along Shorefront Parkway
  • Add plantings and Christmas trees on the beach for protection
  • Parks every 10 blocks for children
  • Provide clean, secure and protected playgrounds for children
  • Build playgrounds for children
  • Add water features to playgrounds
  • Maintain the environment
  • Does DPR comply with the AURA Final EIS plan to preserve area between Beach Front Road and the Boardwalk as a "beach front preserve" and a "natural dune area"
  • Keep working on Bay Park
  • Recycling Cans
  • Train Cars
  • Focus on protecting the residents
  • Protect our homes from future storm surge
  • Create a community-funded sand replenishment service
  • Sand Dunes
  • More dunes + double dunes
  • Supported structures inside dunes
  • Add double dune system
  • Add sand dunes planted with dune grass
  • Add double dunes
  • Add double dunes
  • Create a vegetated sand dune system
  • Create dunes that channel flood water (pressure release points) with parking lots and amenities on top
  • Create large enough dunes to put recreation on top
  • Use Christmas trees to build sand barriers or hesco barriers
  • Double dunes
  • Sand dune replenishment and build seawalls
  • Add Christmas trees to the sand dunes
  • Dunes and Rock Jetties on beach
  • Grass plantings in dunes
  • Add Sand Replenishments
  • Add flood gates
  • Build a substantial seawall from B 69th St to B 149 St.
  • Build hesco barriers
  • Build higher beach walls
  • Increase the security on the beach during warm weather in the evenings
  • Regular cleaning of all storm drains.
  • Check valves on sewers.
  • Add more shaded areas and gazebos
  • More signs along the beach regarding cooperation and respecting the beach and aquatic life
  • Look at other beachfront models (ex. Virginia Beach)
  • Don't put something here that you wouldn't want by your own home.
  • Balance planning between needs of the public vs. the needs of the year-round residents.
  • Less concern needed for day tourists, more focus on residents
  • Create sitting areas with lighting
  • Build large skate park with seating to hold competitions
  • Add playing fields: soccer, baseball, volleyball, tennis, skate park
  • Focus strongest beach storm surge protection on most vulnerable parts of the beach.
  • Build domed tennis courts
  • Spread development east along beach, tied to subway stops, to relieve congestion.
  • Add binoculars on the beach
  • Hotel on Beach
  • Create an oceanfront mall/promenade
  • Build a theatre/amphitheatres
  • Build a Play land/Amusement Park
  • More baseball/softball fields - medium size
  • Add volleyball nets with viewing area
  • Create a no wake zone on bay side
  • Build a retractable seawall that doesn't block the view
  • Indoor/outdoor water park

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