Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways
Parks Cuts Ribbon On Improvements To Canarsie ParkIMMEDIATE
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe today joined Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and City Council Member Lewis A. Fidler to cut the ribbon on $6.5 million in renovations to Canarsie Park, including a new regulation-sized Cricket Field, just in time for the Mayor’s Cup Cricket Tournament finals, which took place later in the day.
“Today the best cricket players in the city have come to Canarsie Park for the Mayor’s Cup Cricket Tournament,” said Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe. “Thanks to the support of Council Member Lew Fidler, Borough President Marty Markowitz, Mayor Bloomberg, and members of the community, we now have a world-class cricket facility right here in Canarsie. In addition to cricket, members of this neighborhood can now also enjoy the park’s beautifully landscaped lawns, new benches, and picnic area.”
The ceremony celebrates the completion of the first phase of renovations to Canarsie Park, generously funded by allocations of $2.9 million from Council Member Fidler, $650,000 from Borough President Markowitz, and $2.65 million from Mayor Bloomberg.
The renovation project included construction of the cricket field, new paths, bleachers, steel fencing perimeters, drinking fountains, a picnic grove, benches, and new lighting. The environmentally sensitive plan contoured the landscape for on-site water management including the construction of two lakes. New landscaping of the natural areas includes special grass mixes for the lawns and native herbaceous perennials including wildflowers, shrubs, and trees.
The second phase of renovations is set to begin this fall. It includes the construction of pathways, a fitness trail with exercise stations, an open music pavilion, new park lighting, bicycle racks, benches and steel fencing. New landscaping will include lawn areas, shrubs, and new trees. This phase has been funded by a $3.6 million allocation from Council Member Fidler and $115,000 allocated by Mayor Bloomberg.
The third and final phase of reconstruction is currently in design. It will feature a new skate/BMX park and a new playground for this section of the park. The “street style” skate area will be surrounded by the native plant species that have been introduced during the renovations and are now again characteristic of the park. The playground will include new play equipment, a spray feature, benches and additional native planting areas. Council Member Fidler and Borough President Markowitz funded this phase with allocations of $1.2 million and $600,000 respectively.
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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
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- MillionTreesNYC Spring Stewardship Day
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- 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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