Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways
NYC Parks Joins The National Park Service In Announcing New Bicycle And Kayak Rental Concession For Jamaica
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation joins the National Park Service (NPS) to announce that Wheel Fun Rentals will be awarded a license agreement for bicycling and boating rental concessions in the Jamaica Bay and Rockaway Parks region. The award is a result of the Requests for Proposals (“RFP”) issued in March 2013 to provide high-quality recreational amenities to visitors. Wheel Fun Rentals will be issued a one-year license agreement with an option for three one-year renewals.
Wheel Fun Rentals will feature a variety of bicycles including cruisers, tandem, and 8 passenger Surrey pedal cars, and boats including kayaks, stand up paddle boards and canoes, that suit all age groups and ability levels. They will also be offering beach rentals like sand toys, umbrellas, beach chairs, and boogie boards. Operations commenced over the Memorial Day weekend at Jacob Riis Park, and will commence in the middle of June at Canarsie Pier, Riis Landing, and Marine Park.
“Millions of people visit the parks and beaches at Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways each summer and this concession provides a fun and new recreational amenity,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Veronica M. White. “We are pleased to welcome Wheel Fun Rentals as they offer opportunities for New Yorkers and visitors to bike and paddle, while enjoying the natural beauty of the Jamaica Bay region.”
“We are always looking for ways to connect our park to the community and to find new reasons for our neighbors to come to Jamaica Bay and enjoy a wonderful outdoor experience in their backyard.” said Linda Canzanelli, superintendent of Gateway National Recreation Area. “We feel that Wheel Fun will help provide another wonderful activity for our visitors.”
“We are excited to be working with NYC Parks and NPS to bring our unique brand of recreation and exploration to Jamaica Bay,” said Al Stonehouse, President of Wheel Fun Rentals. “We offer a fun way for locals and visitors alike to get outside and spend time together having fun. Our unique human powered products provide the perfect way to explore the sun, sand, and sea!”
Jamaica Bay is a wetland estuary surrounded by the Rockaway Peninsula to the South, Brooklyn to the West, and Queens to the East. The bay consists of numerous islands, a labyrinth of waterways, meadowlands, and two freshwater ponds. The wetlands provide a unique environment for both wildlife preservation and urban recreation.
On July 17, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg signed an unprecedented agreement between the National Park Service and NYC Parks – spelling out ways the two agencies will cooperatively manage 10,000 acres of federal and city-owned parks in and around Jamaica Bay to promote visitation, education programs, scientific research and opportunities for outdoor recreation.
The concession RFPs are a joint effort between NYC Parks and NPS to offer new amenities to the residents and visitors of the Jamaica Bay and Rockaway Parks region and to further connect residents to other educational and recreational opportunities taking shape under the cooperative management agreement.
Products offered through this new concession will vary by location. For a full list of products, prices, and hours of operation please visit www.WheelFunRentals.com.
CONTACT: Arthur Pincus / Phil Abramson (212) 360-1311
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
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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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