Surveyor Finds Rockaway Beach‘Very Good’
New Yorkers for Parks recently released their 2011 Report Card on Beaches, an independent assessment of New York City’s public beaches, and for the third consecutive survey year, Rockaway’s marks have increased according to the study’s assessment.
The group says that Rockaway Beach has shown steady improvement each survey year. Its rating has risen from a 56 failing grade in 2007 to 2009’s satisfactory rating of 77. In 2011, the beach received a B+ grade of 88. The boardwalk, shoreline and bathrooms received very good scores, but the drinking fountains continue to pose a challenge. They also gave the boardwalk a perfect score in terms of maintenance and improvements which have been significant in certain areas in Far Rockaway, Arverne and Rockaway Beach. According to the study, the shoreline was clean and free of litter. This is an increase from 2009’s study that found 25 percent of Rockaway Beach hampered by litter problems.
Most bathrooms along Rockaway Beach were in working order and free of trash and pungent odors. The most frequent problem was the absence of hand towels or dryers and structural deterioration in select areas of the walls and ceilings.
New Yorkers for Parks is a citywide independent organization dedicated to advocating for quality parks and open spaces for New Yorkers throughout the five boroughs. The study found significant improvement in the condition of New York’s seven municipal beaches compared to 2007 and 2009. The average beach score increased from a 59 (F) in 2007 to an 87 (B+) in 2011. The scores can range from a 97-100 which is an A+ to grades below 59 which are categorized as failing.
Despite the higher than previous marks for New York City public beaches, New Yorkers for Parks has several recommendations for the city. They would like to see more investment in drinking fountains with clean water, increased maintenance efforts, and safety implementations.