2009-03-20 / Letters

Better Than Coney Island

Dear Editor,

In response to the March 6, 2009 Beachcomber column regarding Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz's call for stimulus money for Coney Island, we are happy to inform readers that there is money in place to improve the Rockaway Beach boardwalk.

This spring, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation will begin repairing the boardwalk at Rockaway Beach between Beach 55 and Beach 60 Streets, and between Beach 77 and Beach 80 Streets through a $4.5-million contract. We hope to have the work done by the height of the summer season.

Boardwalks, by the nature of use and vicinity to the ocean, require continuous maintenance and the Parks Department works diligently to care

Letters for them. Last year, thanks to $650,000 from Queens Borough President Marshall and $500,000 from Council Member Joseph Addabbo, accessible ramps were added to Beach 104 Street and Beach 24 Street, and in addition, repairs were made to most of the fascia boards along Shore Front Parkway. Construction on the boardwalk between Beach 20 and Beach 23 Streets also wrapped up last year.

Parks will continue to improve the Rockaway Beach boardwalk and we hope to bring you more good news in the near future.

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