"Whaleamena" at the entrance to the Boardwalk at Beach 95th street was donated to the Rockaways by the Parks Dept and was originally in the childrens zoo in Central Park, Manhattan. Local volunteers restored the badly deteriorated structure.
The great surfing, along with parks, beaches and Playland made Rockaway Beach widely known as "The Playground of New York". Playland, an amusement park that attracted young and old from all over, was closed in 1985 due to competition with major regional theme parks. Even without Playland, the natural beauty of Rockaway Beach, located between Beach 73rd street and Beach 98th street, still attracts many. Beach 89th street to Beach 92nd street are 'wild' surfing spots and parents love to bring their children to visit WHALEAMENA at the Boardwalk and Beach 95th street , a sculpture of a whale with its own special story.