Bloomberg Helps Break Ground For Rockaway Park
The first phase of a 13-acre park that will stretch from Beach 11 Street to Beach 17 Street and Beach 28 Street to Beach 32 Street began last Thursday when Mayor Michael Bloomberg and local politicians symbolically broke ground at O’Donohue Park on Beach 17 Street.
“The park will contain amenities including a synthetic turf football field, a performance venue, a skate park, a central lawn area, a variety of other athletic courts, and a climbing wall,” said Bloomberg. He added, “Phase one of this project will cost approximately $28 million and be completed by the spring of 2012. The start date for Phase two, which will include the renovation of the Beach 9 Street playground, has not been scheduled.”
Also at the groundbreaking were Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, State Senator Malcolm Smith, Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, Councilman James Sanders Jr., and children from PS 43 and the Church of God Christian Academy.