2013-04-19 / Columnists


By Rick Horan

It’s been another busy week for ideas. The following e-mail came from one of our loyal readers and took a team of editors several hours to clean it up for this family paper.

I have an idea….get our politicians to give a sh#%!. Chucky boy & Bloomie. It looks like Sandy Hook is getting all the work done, not us (go on their Facebook page). We have a million dollars in equipment in the parking lot and not one person from the feds can figure out how to remove the cement walkway from flagpole area to ocean. It’s even broken up already! - Mr. Happy

Picking up where we left off last week, here is a smattering of ideas that the Ideas Wanted guys picked up during an afternoon and evening session at Rockaway’s MoMA PS1’s VW Dome 2. These ideas are in random order and shared anonymously…

 Embrace, celebrate and nurture living, breathing dunes
 Coney Island Boardwalk user
friendly (black locust) wood over fortified concrete
 Boardwalk with concrete, metal,
rocks and wood on top
 Recreate the old glory days by recreating the old Rockaway of 50’s and
 Hesco barriers for hardened sand
 Geotubes used for an offshore reef
 Fishing pier – will help replenish the
Concrete boardwalk surface with a
Herring bone pattern in the style of
the old wood boardwalk
 Seawall with a boardwalk on top
(like VA Beach)

 Seawall with boardwalk behind (like
Ocean City, MD)
 Double bike path separated by beautiful landscaping next to the Seawall
 High rock or concrete jetties which
can be used as a fishing pier
 A well-managed amusement park
like Jenkinson’s of Point Pleasant
 A beach carnival.…like a state fair all
summer long, concessions, food,
rides, contests, etc.

The Dome (Beach 94th St. and SFP), less than two months old, has been a great community gathering place for sharing ideas, seeing neighbors and meeting new and interesting people. It has been a tremendous gift to the Rockaways from MOMA PS 1 and VW. Current plans are to remove it by the end of May. Let’s petition the Park’s Dept. to keep the Dome in Rockaway on a permanent basis. Just think, with the clear plastic removed it can become a band shell, add a keg and it becomes a beer sphere, put a tail on it and it becomes Whaleamina. Its uses are limited only by our imagination.

We’ve been focusing so much on the ocean we’d like to bring your attention to a fantastic initiative on the Bay side of Rockaway, the Jamaica Bay Greenway! The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance is sponsoring a community presentation led by representatives from the National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program and Regional Plan Association. This event is free and open to the public. No advance registration required. It will be held on Sunday, April 28th, 2013, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Mark your calendars!

The next few Ideas Wanted columns will be dedicated to going into some depth on individual boardwalk and shore protection ideas.

Share yours: RickHoran@ideasimprov.com.

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