Beach, Boardwalk Fix-Up's On Track For Summer
With $3.8 million to spend, thanks to grants from Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and City Councilman Eric Ulrich, the city’s Department of Parks is working hard at six priority locations on the boardwalk to get its facilities up and running in time for the summer season.
A Wave reporter walked the boards with John Natoli, the agency’s chief engineer and chief of construction projects, Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski and Rockaway manager Jill Weber last week to see the work that has been completed and the continuing work of the agency.
According to Lewandowski, Marshall’s grant totaled $1.1 million and Ulrich’s $500,000. The rest will be funded by the city, she said, with a reimbursement from FEMA requested when the project is completed.
“We removed all the damage done by Hurricane Irene,” Natoli said, “but we’re waiting for the decking to be delivered, something that might take another three or four weeks. As soon as we get the supplies, we’ll finish up,” he said.
He added that all the decking and planks come from American wood rather than from South America as in the past, and that has created something of a problem.
“The American wood is not as hard,” he said. “We need to use three planks of American wood to replace one plank of foreign wood,” he added.
The priority boardwalk repairs are being completed on Beach 91 Street, Beach 95 Street, Beach 101 Street, Beach 102 Street, Beach 107 Street and Beach 108 Street.
Weber explained that the $3.8 million worth of work is in addition to the normal work that is done each year to get the beach ready for the season.
The piles of sand on the west end, she said, would be moved to fill in the area in front of the damaged boardwalk and facing along Shore Front Parkway.
Aside from the work being done, she added, the dangerous wood jetties in the surfing area on Beach 90 Street will be removed after the beach season ends.