2009-12-04 / Community

Beachside Mini Golf Fails To Spark Interest

By Nicholas Briano

The city had plans of installing a miniature golf course and concessions at Beach 92 Street, but the idea drew little interest from vendors who would be responsible for its construction.  The city had plans of installing a miniature golf course and concessions at Beach 92 Street, but the idea drew little interest from vendors who would be responsible for its construction. The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation ex - press ed interest back in August in having a miniature golf course and concession stand built in the heart of Rockaway Beach on Beach 94 Street.

However, the idea sparked little to virtually no interest in contractors and operators when New York City sent requests for proposals about the proposed course. Therefore, it will not be built unless the Parks Department revisits the idea at a later date.

Community Board 14 District Mana ger Jonathan Gaska announced at last month's board meeting that only one contractor responded to the request for proposal and they failed to meet the project's guidelines and were eliminated from consideration.

The plans were for the section of shorefront land to be transformed into a miniature golf course with snack bar and clubhouse, according to Parks officials. It was slated to stretch from Beach 92 Street to Beach 94 Street.

Approximately three vendors were initially interested in the project but dropped out as the deadline for re quests neared. Only one vendor submitted a proposal by the September deadline.

Parks officials failed to comment if they would re-open the project.

The golf course was expected to be a seasonal operation, staying open from March to November with hours from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. That drew outrage from local residents who insisted it would bring unnecessary commotion and congestion to their neighborhood. Some even complained at the past two board meetings that the lighting would shine into their windows; another said his property value would decline.

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