BC Civics: ‘Give Us Greenway’
By Howard Schwach
The Broad Channel Civic Association is asking Governor George Pataki to support a plan to place a ten-foot wide "multi-use pathway," similar to the one on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, along Cross Bay Boulevard, nearby the bird sanctuary.
"Six years ago, the Broad Channel Civic Association responded to a public notice asking for participation in the planned process for the Rockaway Gateway Greenway, which is part of the 17-mile loop trial around Jamaica Bay," the association told Pataki. "Four designs were presented and one plan was picked by the advisory committee after input from the public. This plan was further modified and compromised four times to address various concerns."
The National Park Service, which owns the land as part of the Gateway National Park, recently made a decision to build the path based on that modified plan.
"The association supports the National Park Service plan," a spokesperson for the civic association says. "This plan will not have an impact on the environment." "It will have a positive impact on bird watchers by providing a new pathway; for parents, who will have a place to walk with strollers, bikes and roller blades; for the elderly and for visitors.
"This is a plan that we can all support," the spokesperson adds.
There is indication, however, that the powerful Audubon Society may oppose the plan on the grounds that it will affect birds in the nearby bird sanctuary.
Calls to the society for comment went unreturned, however.