2008-11-21 / Top Stories

PlaNYC An Impressive Far Rock Park

By Nicholas Briano

The conceptual design for a 23 - blocklong Far Rockaway Park was presented to Community Board 14 this month as part of Mayor Bloomberg's PlaNYC project. The park will stretch from Beach 9 Street to Beach 32 Street. The conceptual design for a 23 - blocklong Far Rockaway Park was presented to Community Board 14 this month as part of Mayor Bloomberg's PlaNYC project. The park will stretch from Beach 9 Street to Beach 32 Street. PlaNYC, is Mayor Bloomberg's initiative to have a fully sustainable city by 2030 with cleaner air, increased housing, and new parks.

One of those new parks is being designed as a 27-acre entity filled with amenities that will stretch from Beach 32 Street to Beach 9 Street parallel to the boardwalk.

The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and project architect Quennell Rothschild and Partners, LLP presented the conceptual design for the $40 million park to Community Board 14 this month. The planners hope to begin construction in the spring of 2010 and say it will take a few years to complete.

Highlights of the park will include a synthetic turf sports field on Beach 32 Street, wetlands, comfort stations, play areas, skate parks, basketball courts, gardens, an amphitheater, a lawn area, as well as other features.

Allison Shipley, spokesperson for Quennell Rothschild and Partners, LLP, says that more specifics on the timeline and details about amenities will be available in the future as the plans are finalized and funded in the city's capital budget.

"It is an ambitious project," she adds. "But we don't know what parts will get priority over others as construction will take a few years to complete."

The plan is also designed to make use of the underutilized O'Donohue Park parking lot that currently fits approximately 500 cars.

The lot will be reduced to 100 spots to accommodate the park's performance lawn and picnic areas.

Also included in the project's total budget, Shipley said, is money reserved for hiring additional New York City Department of Parks and Recreation staff responsible for maintaining the grounds.

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