2010-09-17 / Top Stories

DCP Releases Draft For Comprehensive Waterfront Plan

By Miriam Rosenberg

Dan Mundy, Community Board 14 committee chair of the Parks and Environment Committee and Department of City Planning’s Brendan Pillar of the DCP’s Queens Office discuss the draft’s recommendations and some of the committee’s ideas for Reach 17 in Rockaway. Dan Mundy, Community Board 14 committee chair of the Parks and Environment Committee and Department of City Planning’s Brendan Pillar of the DCP’s Queens Office discuss the draft’s recommendations and some of the committee’s ideas for Reach 17 in Rockaway. After meetings in each borough to determine the wants and needs of the public, the Department of City Planning has released its Draft Recommendations for the Vision 2020 New York City Comprehensive Waterfront Plan.

The draft, released on September 7, summarizes all of the ideas put forward by residents of each of the five boroughs about their particular stretches, or Reach, of waterfront from meetings held in May and June of this year.

Reach 17 in Queens covers the Rockaways and Idle Park near John F. Kennedy Airport.

The Reach also covers parts of Brooklyn, since the two boroughs share the perimeter of Jamaica Bay. Once the plan is finalized, the Queens and Brooklyn offices of DCP will work together to coordinate any planned improvement in the Jamaica Bay area, Brendan Pillar, a planner with the Queens office of the DCP, said.

The following proposals for Rockaway are included in the Vision 2020 draft:

Beach Channel West/Beach Channel Park – Secure funding for seawall repair from Beach 116 to Beach 156 Streets and improve public access on city-owned waterfront sites from Beach 125 to Beach 130 Streets;

Beach 108 Street - Examine options for redeveloping the site, once remediation is complete, to be compatible with enhancing the vacant city-owned lots to the north of the site as a waterfront recreation area;

Beach 88 Street DPR site - Improve site for waterfront public access and passive recreation;

Beach 80 Street and marina site - Support proposed commercial development which will provide a publicly accessible human-powered boat launch and an 18-slip marina on currently vacant land;

Arverne Renewal Area - Support planned educational center and nature preserve and maintain protected habitat, ensure planned public access to boardwalk at Arverne by the Sea and improve signage and way-finding [on] Beach 59 Street to create better connection to waterfront resources along the bay;

Edgemere Landfill/Rockaway Community Park - Study possible future uses for remediated landfill in conjunction with a master plan for Rockaway Community Park that improves pedestrian access, includes provisions for in-water recreation, addresses mosquito issues, and restores shoreline and habitat;

Rockaway Peninsula - Explore providing human-powered boat access from the beach on the Atlantic Ocean.

The DCP will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, October 12 to “discuss all reaches and recommendations,” said Pillar.

The 6 p.m. meeting will take place at the Rosenthal Pavilion at the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life at 60 Washington Square South, on the 10th floor, in Manhattan. To read the draft recommendations and obtain travel information go to www.nyc.gov/waterfront.

The draft recommendations are based on ideas and comments the DCP received in its public workshops and online comments. Vision 2020 will set long-range goals for the 21st century waterfront and establish a sustainable blueprint for the future of New York Harbor, as well as its tributaries, creeks and bays.

The plan will also serve as a guide for coming up withy future land use decisions along New York City’s by and ocean shorelines.

Community Board 14 will discuss the proposals at their next meeting on October 12 and seek input from the community.

A final version of the Vision 2020 Comprehensive Waterfront Plan is scheduled to be completed by the end of December, and will then be presented to the public.

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