2011-08-12 / Community

Far Rockaway East Park Close To Partial Opening

By Miriam Rosenberg


The bouldering wall, 10 feet high, is surrounded by giant pebbles. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg The bouldering wall, 10 feet high, is surrounded by giant pebbles. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg A skate park, a bouldering wall, and new basketball and handball courts are just some of the attractions that are part of the new Far Rockaway East Park on Seagirt Boulevard. With construction speeding along, these attractions and a parking lot, from Beach 13 to Beach 11 Streets, could be open as soon as October. Picnic grounds, water play and stage areas, along with a second parking lot should be ready sometime next year. Last week, the Department of Parks and Recreation and William Gross Construction gave The Wave an opportunity to tour the site.



Parks and construction officials in the new parking lot located between Beach 11 and Beach 13 Streets. There will be two parking lots with a total of 145 spaces when the project is complete. Parks and construction officials in the new parking lot located between Beach 11 and Beach 13 Streets. There will be two parking lots with a total of 145 spaces when the project is complete.

New basketball and handball courts down by Beach 11 Street are almost ready for use. New basketball and handball courts down by Beach 11 Street are almost ready for use.

Plantings and benches for relaxation are located throughout the park. The benches being installed were used at the 1964 World’s Fair. Plantings and benches for relaxation are located throughout the park. The benches being installed were used at the 1964 World’s Fair.

This stage for concerts and events will soon have a covering installed overhead. A rolling lawn, with room for 500 spectators, will also provide a spectacular view of the beach and the Atlantic Ocean. This stage for concerts and events will soon have a covering installed overhead. A rolling lawn, with room for 500 spectators, will also provide a spectacular view of the beach and the Atlantic Ocean.

To emphasize its size, Michael Bolger – the project manager at the site – stands in the 18,000- square-foot skateboard rink, which cost $800,000. It could be one of the first areas to open in the new park. To emphasize its size, Michael Bolger – the project manager at the site – stands in the 18,000- square-foot skateboard rink, which cost $800,000. It could be one of the first areas to open in the new park.

In a few years the trees will provide full shade for these tables and seats. In a few years the trees will provide full shade for these tables and seats.

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