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Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways

Parks Urges Beachgoers To Exercise Caution Due To Tropical Storm Danny


Friday, August 28, 2009
No. 86
http://www.nyc.gov/parks

The Parks Department recommends that beachgoers exercise caution at all city beaches due to the approaching Tropical Storm Danny.

“As weather conditions are changing quickly, it is essential that New Yorkers be extremely cautious at our beaches,” said Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe. “As always, beachgoers must obey the instructions of lifeguards, Police and other Parks and security personnel.”

“Fortunately, it looks like New York City won’t see the worst of Danny, but that does not mean we should let our guard down,” said OEM Commissioner Joseph Bruno. “I encourage all New Yorkers to stay informed and take extra care this weekend, particularly along the coast and at our beaches.”

According to the National Weather Service, Tropical Storm Danny is expected to become a level 1 Hurricane starting Friday night. While there is still some forecast uncertainty, the storm appears to be moving eastward over the Atlantic.

We remind beachgoers to swim only between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and only in areas protected by lifeguards. Swimmers must never enter the water when lifeguards are not on duty.

Impacts from Danny may include heavy surf, rip currents, coastal erosion, and minor coastal flooding. The coastal impact may result in temporary restrictions, including requirements that swimmers remain in shallow waters, and closures at city beaches during this weekend

The public is advised to call 311 or visit our website at www.nyc.gov/parks for information before heading to the beach.

Directions to Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways

Know Before You Go

There are currently 2 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

PlaygroundsSeba Playground

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.

BeachesRockaway Beach and Boardwalk

The United States Army Corps of Engineers has resumed pumping sand onto Rockaway Beach in efforts to repair and restore the beach. Access to the beach area from Beach 61st Street to Beach 19th Street may be limited while the pumping operation continues. The Corps expects sand placement work to be completed by the end of October, weather permitting. Swimming is not permitted at Rockaway Beach, or any NYC beach, after Labor Day. Please visit the United States Army Corps of Engineers’ website for more information.

Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways Weather

  • Wed
    Sunny
    74°F
  • Thu
    Sunny
    76°F
  • Fri
    Mostly Sunny
    69°F
  • Sat
    Mostly Sunny
    75°F

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