Rockaway Waterfront Hosts Planning Meeting
Last week over 50 attended the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance’s planning meeting at Peninsula Hospital Center to review the data collected from the past three community listening sessions and to discuss potential projects or ideas that they would like to see implemented in the coming year. Proposals ranged from improved management and programs along the Rockaway peninsula to the building of large-scale infrastructure for ferries and recreational boating.
With the present Vision 20/20 comprehensive waterfront plan being done by the city, and the listening sessions led by the Rockaway Taskforce, the community has taken part in a great deal of dialogue about “planning” this year; but has been left with more questions about when they could expect to see these plans implemented.
Later that week RWA also hosted a bus tour sponsored by Trust for Public Land in order to make sure the public was aware of many of the sites being discussed in the listening sessions. The tour traveled from the Nassau county line to Breezy Point and ventured through areas many had never had the opportunity to see before including Fort Tilden and Edgemere landfill.
The next RWA planning meeting is scheduled for January 12 at 7 p.m. at Peninsula Hospital. This will be the final meeting for the public space planning process conducted in partnership with Trust for Public Land and Jonathan Rose & Co. It will be an opportunity for the community to review the ideas the community discussed in December, prioritize a few select projects for implementation in the coming year and discuss ‘next steps’ required to make these plans a reality.
“It was clear from the last meeting, that the public wants to see tangible improvements in the Rockaways. It will require the community to get involved in making the city and other agencies accountable for projects they have started and to ensure the community gets improvements that are important to them, said RWA Executive Director Jeanne DuPont.