Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways
The Daily Plant : Monday, July 9, 2007
A Shore Good Thing Along The Bay Ridge Waterfront
On June 25, Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined Congressman Vito Fossella, State Senator Marty Golden, State Assembly Member Alec Brook-Krasny, and neighborhood biking enthusiasts to cut the ribbon on a reconstructed two-mile segment of the Shore Parkway Greenway in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
The reconstructed portion, which stretches along the Narrows from the 69th Street Pier down to the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, was granted "emergency status" because of safety hazards caused by the crumbling seawall and cavities in the bike path. Mayor Bloomberg funded the rehabilitation of the deteriorated Greenway section with an allocation of $20 million.
The purpose of the rehabilitation project was to stabilize the Greenway path to correct existing safety hazards and to reconstruct the adjacent deteriorated seawall to prevent flooding. The project included the installation of new asphalt pavement, aluminum railing, benches, a chain link fence, and 60,000 pounds of boulders placed to protect the seawall from the pounding ocean waves.
Parks also replaced DEP storm sewer outfalls, installed pavement markings on the Greenway for cyclists and pedestrians, and planted new trees including London planes, hackberries, and elms. The project was led by Design Project Manager John Natoli, Resident Engineer Michael Azzollini, and contractor Galvin Brothers Inc.
A Greenway is a linear open space, such as a path or trail, which links parks and communities around the City, providing public access to green spaces and the waterfront. Greenways expand recreational opportunities for walking, jogging, biking, and in-line skating. Currently, over 100 miles of Greenway exist in New York City, with 30 miles developed over the last four years under the leadership of Mayor Bloomberg. Plans exist to add close to 42 miles of new Greenway to the City over the next four years.
The Shore Parkway Greenway was constructed in the 1940's to complement the Belt Parkway. It loops almost entirely around the borough's shoreline and features bicycle and pedestrian path for about 13 miles along the waterfront.
For more information about Greenways in New York City, call 311 or visit www.nyc.gov/parks.
QUOTATION FOR THE DAY
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Directions to Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways
Know Before You Go
There are currently 2 service interruptions affecting access within this park.
Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk
Due to construction, Beach 118th - Beach 126th Streets are closed to swimming until July. Beaches are fully open at Beach 86th Street, Beach 97th Street, Beach 106th Street, and Beach 112th - Beach 117th Streets.
Anticipated Completion: Summer 2016
Marine Park's tennis courts will be closed for the season due to construction.
Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways Weather
- Major Habitat Restoration And Trail Development Project Gets Underway This Fall In Marine Park
- 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
- Shape Up NYC: Zumba Fitness with Maxie
- Zumba Under The Stars with Lisa G aka RockaZumbaWay
- Yoga on the Beach
- NYRR Open Run: Canarsie Park
- Torrey Botanical Society Field Trip: Tour the Wilder Side of Marine Park
- 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