Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways
The Daily Plant : Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Building Parks’ First Green Building
New York City’s commitment to a sustainable 21st century is evident in many visionary projects but last Friday, we broke ground on what will be the Parks Department’s first state-of-the-art “green building” – the Carmine Carro Community Center in Marine Park, Brooklyn.
On June 13, Commissioner Benepe joined Borough President Marty Markowitz, City Council Member Lewis Fidler, State Senator Martin Golden, State Assembly Members Alan Maisel and Helene Weinstein and many local students and seniors to break ground on the Center.
The ceremony featured performances from the Marine Park Junior High School Band, the P.S. 222 Chorus and Band and the Midwood Active Adults Chorus Group. Alexandra Pettas, a student from P.S. 207, performed a rousing rendition of the National Anthem. Members of the Marine Park Adult Advisory Board presented the officials with t-shirts celebrating this momentous occasion.
Solar panels at this Center will collect the sun's energy and convert it to electricity. Geo-thermal wells will provide heating and cooling by pumping water from the aquifer through the building. A planted roof will insulate the building and absorb rainwater. This building is an example of the City's commitment to an environmentally-friendly 21st century and Parks is seeking LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification for the design.
The future Community Center will be named after Carmine Carro, the late President of the Marine Park Civic Association. It will feature multi-purpose rooms for recreation and community programs to serve people of all ages. It will also include fully-accessible bathrooms, a kitchen, skylights and administrative offices and storage space.
The Center is funded in the amount of $11 million with $8 million from Mayor Bloomberg, $1.4 million from Council Member Fidler, $1.1 million from Senator Golden, $500,000 from Assembly Member Maisel and $30,000 from Assembly Member Weinstein.
Eco-Friendly Fact of the Day
“It is estimated that 17 trees are cut down for every ton of non-recycled paper.”
“Pack a Waste-Free Lunch,” www.globalstewards.org
QUOTATION FOR THE DAY
“On the whole human beings want to be good,
but not too good, and not quite all the time.”
(1903 - 1950)
Directions to Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways
Know Before You Go
Seba Playground will be closed to reconstruct the current Seba Tot Lot into a playground for children of all ages. The new design will enlarge the toddler area by adding a custom spray shower, seating, and two new tot play units. Additional play spaces will also be added for 5 to 12 year olds, and will include a large accessible play unit, a second spray shower and seating area. These two play areas will be joined by 15 additional swings for both age groups. The site will also feature an accessible drinking fountain, attractive plantings, and a bicycle rack.
Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways Weather
- De Blasio Administration Launches Community Parks Initiative To Build More Inclusive And Equitable Park System
- More Than 30,000 New Yorkers Celebrate The Outdoors At Tenth Anniversary Of Adventures NYC
- MTNYC KNICKS TREE PLANTING IN JAMAICA BAY PARK
- Astronomy: Quadrantids Meteor Shower
- Build a Birdfeeder
- Martin Luther King Day Idlewild Park Wetland Cleanup
- Nature Exploration: Salt Marsh Nature Trail
- Nature's Workshop: Weather Exploration and Monitoring
- Barbecuing Areas
- Baseball Fields
- Basketball Courts
- Bicycling and Greenways
- Bocce Courts
- Cricket Fields
- Dog-friendly Areas
- Fitness Equipment
- Football Fields
- Golf Courses
- Handball Courts
- Hiking Trails
- Kayak/Canoe Launch Sites
- Model Aircraft Fields
- Nature Centers
- Paddleboat Rentals
- Roller Hockey
- Skate Parks
- Soccer Fields
- Spray Showers
- Tennis Courts
- Volleyball Courts
- Wi-Fi Hot Spots
Know when to go:
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Beach 9 Playground
Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk
Rockaway Beach Boardwalk
Rockaway Community Park
Spring Creek Park