Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways
The Daily Plant : Thursday, August 10, 2000
PARKS CLASS OF 2000 BEATS THE HEAT AT ORCHARD BEACH
On Wednesday, August 9, Commissioner Henry J. (Star Quest) Stern joined members of Parks' Class of 2000 for a barbecue and swimming party at Orchard Beach in the Bronx. Parks' new employees got to know each other and share their new experiences at Parks. After enjoying a mid-afternoon meal the group headed down to the beach to swim and cool off from the recent stretch of humid weather.
Orchard Beach, which some call "The Riviera of New York," is a 115-acre, 1.1 mile-long engineering marvel created on Long Island Sound by Parks Commissioner Robert Moses during the 1930s. The beach consists of 13 sections of sandy beach, a hexagonal-block promenade, a central pavilion with food stores and specialty shops, two playgrounds, two picnic areas, a large parking lot, and 26 courts for basketball, volleyball, and handball. The Class Of program was started six years ago as a way to expose recent college graduates to city government. Employees come from colleges and universities across the country to work at divisions throughout the agency in all five boroughs. This creates an atmosphere at Parks that is both energetic and motivating. Class Ofs are able to work closely with senior officials and learn from them on a daily basis.
PARKS BIDS A ROCKIN' FAREWELL TO SUMMER INTERNS
At tonight's Rock N'Rollerblade Disco Party at Leif Ericson Park, Parks will say goodbye to the spirited group of interns who have helped out in the busy summer season. Parks' internship programs give high school and college students an in-depth look at city government and New York City's parks. To help the interns celebrate, SkateMoblies will be on site to provide skates and protective gear to participants, a DJ from WKTU will be spinning disco tunes, Jeremy's Microbatch Ice Cream and Dasani water will provide refreshments for the crowd and the largest disco ball on the East Coast will light up the evening sky.
THIRTEEN YEARS AGO IN THE PLANT
Thursday, August 13, 1987
ROCKAWAY LIFEGUARDS TAKE GOLD CUP AT NINTH ANNUAL LIFEGUARD OLYMPICS
Wearing the traditional Lifeguard Olympics uniform-a bright orange swimsuit with green stripes and running from the boardwalk to a lifeguard stand on the beach-Brighton Beach Lifeguard Steve Lieberman ignited the Olympic torch bringing the Ninth Annual Lifeguard Olympics, hosted this year by Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, to a blazing start. By winning the fourth consecutive year, Rockaway Beach made Parks history. Rockaway took the gold cup for 1987 with a score of 67 ½ points, with Coney Island coming in a close second with a score of 57 ½ points. Five co-ed teams of 20 lifeguards each-representing the "cream of the crop" from four boroughs' beaches and Manhattan pools-performed a wide-range of athletic feats including long-distance running, swimming, and rowing.
QUOTATION FOR THE DAY
Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.
Russell Baker (b. 1925)
Directions to Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways
Know Before You Go
There are currently 3 service interruptions affecting access within this park.
Due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, this park is closed until further notice.
Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk
The area of Rockaway Beach from Beach 116th Street to Beach 109th Street will be temporarily closed as the US Army Corps of Engineers begins sand moving operations. Once work begins in this area, we expect the closure to last approximately one week.
More information about the Army Corps’ work to replenish Rockaway Beach is available on their NY District website.
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.
Anticipated Completion: Spring 2014
Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways Weather
- This Weekend In Parks
- Army Corps Awards $26.4 Million Second Sand Pumping Contract For Post-Sandy Rockaway Beach Restoration As First Contract Sand Starts Pumping
- New Bicycle And Kayak Rental Concession Selected For Jamaica Bay
- Nature Crafts
- Hike the Trails of North Forty Natural Area
- Nature Exploration Hike: Salt Marsh (light)
- MillionTreesNYC Spring Stewardship Day
- Protect Your Beach: Plant Beach Grass With NYC Parks
- 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
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Beach 9 Playground
Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk
Rockaway Beach Boardwalk
Rockaway Community Park
Spring Creek Park