2008-08-22 / Top Stories

Parks Updates Timeline For Repairing Boardwalk

By Miriam Rosenberg

The elderly, disabled and parents with strollers have greater access to the beach since the installation of this mobimat on Beach 17 Street. There are now three such mats throughout Rockaway. The others are at Beach 116 and 131 Streets. Photo by Miriam Rosenberg
New York City's Department of Parks and Recreation has begun following through on promises to repair sections of Rockaway's famed boardwalk, The Wave was told recently.

In an e-mail to the newspaper, Parks' representative Trish Bertuccio talked about some of the improvements.

"The Rockaway Beach boardwalk received $500,000 from Council Member [Joseph] Addabbo to repair the boardwalk edges (fascia) along most of Shore Front Parkway," said Bertuccio in the August 13 e-mail.

Queens [Borough] President Helen Marshall also allocated $650,000 to build two accessible ramps to the beach. One will be located at Beach 104 Street and the other at Beach 102 Street. Two new mobimats were installed at Beach 17 Street on August 7 and at Beach 131 Street on August 11 for a total of three mobimats sites at Rockaway Beach (the first was installed last summer at Beach 116 Street)."

The repairs were first announced at Community Board 14's meeting in June. At that time, Kevin Quinn, team leader of Queens Capital Projects,andJillWeber,ParksAdministratoroftheRockaways,said t h e work on the fascia boards will begin near the playground at Beach 81 Street as a matter of safety for the children who play there. Other areas where new fascia boards could be installed are Beach 101 Street, Beach 104 to Beach 106 Streets, Beach 77 to Beach 81 Streets, Beach 44 to Beach 60 Streets and Beach 23 to Beach 27 Streets, Beach 73 to Beach 78 Streets, Beach 87 to Beach 90 Streets, and Beach 96 to Beach 99 Streets.

Bertuccio said that work had already begun on the edges of the boardwalk as

of the week of August 4, with work due to begin on the two ramps in the fall. Parks also announced at CB 14's June meeting that money has been allocated to test three alternatives to the tropical hardwood normally used to replace planks on the boardwalk. In her e-mail, Bertuccio elaborated on the project. "Currently, the ten miles of boardwalk under Parks' jurisdiction is the largest single use of tropical hardwood in the city," said Bertuccio. "However, because these woods are so durable, the wood has primarily been used recently for replacement of damaged sections. Following a pilot testing of various alternatives, we hope to significantly reduce the use of rainforest woods for future repairs and major renovations with the appropriate alternative material. Currently, there is a citywide contract for a mayoral pilot program using three possible alternatives: scored concrete that looks like wood, plastic lumber on top of concrete, and wood on top of concrete. "The locations of where the new materials will be tested have not been determined yet. The contract is approximately $10 million, which

will be allocated to boardwalks in Rockaway, Coney Island and Staten Island."


Once the comptroller signs off on the $10 million contract, Parks can determine a schedule for the work to begin.

In addition, the repairs on the boardwalk from Beach 20 to Beach 22 Street are almost complete a year after it began last fall. Replacement of boards on the south or beach side began after the installation of new boards on the north side was completed in April. The job is slated to be completed by the end of the summer.

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