2009-08-14 / Community

City Eyes Mini Golf In Rockaway Beach

By Nicholas Briano

The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation has plans for a section of shorefront land to be transformed into a miniature golf course with snack bar and clubhouse, according to officials.

The proposal calls for a miniature golf course, pro-shop and snack bar along Shorefront Parkway from Beach 92 Street to Beach 94 Street. Proposals are due no later than September 14 for the 10,000-squarefoot opportunity.

The golf course is expected to be a seasonal operation, staying open from March to November with hours that are typical of other courses under Parks jurisdiction, which are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Parks is currently in the process of receiving proposals from builders interested in constructing and operating the facilities with a 15-year lease. As soon as a design is chosen, assuming proposals will be submitted to the city, construction can begin shortly thereafter. However, since no official builder has been chosen yet, there is no accurate timetable to place on the construction start-up and official opening.

According to the proposal, the following are the current approved rates for other miniature golf courses under the oversight of Parks. One round of golf includes a putter and ball for each player. Child: $4.00 Adult: $6.00 Re- Play: $2.00 child/ $3.00 adult. The concessionaire will be permitted to increase the rates annually based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the New York City region, but any greater increases are subject to Parks' approval.

Final designs under consideration will be presented to Community Board 14 for local approval. But Community Board 14 District Manager Jonathan Gaska is pleased by the plans and would like to see more development along the boardwalk.

"I am pleased at the number of vendors that are interested," Gaska said.

He said there are about three potential vendors interested in developing the course. The owner of the course will be responsible for maintenance of all three aspects of the project, the course, pro-shop and snack bar.

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If you are against such a development or want restrictions contact Community Board 14 District Managers office at 718-471-7300 or cbrock14@nyc.rr.com and ask that your comments be relayed to the entire board via the offical record of the meeting. If you want to talk to another official close by contact:
Council member Eric A. Ulrich's Community Relations Liaison at 718-318-6411 or gsullivan@council.nyc.gov.
If you would like to join a list of neighbors concerned about property values, quality of life and TIF funding regarding the pending project or add your own voice to the pending newsletter watching this issue contact: andreadeirdre@sbcglobal.net with MINIGOLF in the subject heading.
If you know someone who interested but does not have email, please refer them to the local library computer, and make an appointment with the reference librarian for assistance.

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