2003-02-01 / Community

Addabbo Announces Skating Site In Rockaway

Addabbo Announces Skating Site In Rockaway

City Council Member Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., Chairman of the City Council’s Parks and Recreation Committee, announced that Rockaway Beach (Beach 80 Street and Shorefront Parkway) has been designated a safe-skating area by the City Parks Department.

Addabbo said that this year, in an effort to keep everyone off unsafe ice areas in the Rockaway community, residents of all ages have been given an extra incentive. The Rockaway Beach safe-skating area will give children and adults a chance to perfect their turns and practice double axels without worrying about falling through thin ice.

"Residents should be able to enjoy outdoor winter activities safely. I was pleased to get this ice skating site from Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe and Queens Commissioner Rich Murphy." Addabbo stated.

Weather permitting, the Rockaway Beach safe-skating area will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. Signs have been clearly posted to show that this area is safe for winter sports. The City Parks Department will attempt to staff the area during the hours of operation. Call 1-800-201-PARK or visit www.nyc.gov/parks for the latest information.

Addabbo offered the following Ice Safety Tips to ensure that the Rockaway Beach area patrons remain safe: never go on frozen waters such as the bay (unless clearly marked otherwise with official signs); parents and caregivers should make sure children are never unattended near ice; if you hear cracking, lie down immediately to try to distribute your weight; if you witness someone falling through ice never attempt to make a rescue by yourself, call 911 and notify the proper authorities, be sure to give the exact location and an account of the accident.

For further information about the facility, please call Councilman Addabbo’s Rockaway Beach office at 718-318- 6411.

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