I believe Rockaway needs a seawall with a wooden boardwalk on top.
We also should have a double bike path separated by beautiful landscaping next to the Seawall/ boardwalk.
We need high rock or concrete jetties which can be used as a pier, high and long beaches, and high and long dunes near boardwalk.
We should raise the entire park side from street to seawall to appropriate protective flooding heights with steps and ramps on both sides - street side and beach side.
We could have handball, basketball, volleyball, tennis courts, baseball fields with batting cages and netting, soccer-football fields, hockey rinks, skateboard park, running tracks, miniature golf, a water park, pool, shaded areas, music stages, restaurants, stores, kiddie rides, swings, slides, and beautiful landscaping.
We could also have boat, kayak, surfboard, sailboat, sailboard, jet ski, etc., lessons and rentals.
I would also like to see a well- managed amusement park like Jenkinson’s of Point Pleasant, NJ.
These ideas come from a combination of Virginia Beach seawall and bike path; the Rehoboth Beach, Delaware boardwalk and dunes; the Ocean City Maryland, Point Pleasant N.J., Wildwood N.J. and Myrtle Beach boardwalks and business opportunities.
We also need to replace and improve the bay seawalls, improve the bulkheads, increase recreational and business opportunities, and provide increase boat ramps and ferry terminals on the bayside of Rockaway.
These investments would create more business, increase tax revenues, increased opportunities and employment, increase property values, improve community image and pride, increase Queens unity and spread tourism to much needed communities.
I believe each community should be included and a mutual plan for flood protection, seawalls, dunes, jetties, sand, etc., must be a united effort.
We need to work together and listen to all the people who live, work and play in Rockaway and Queens.
These are my ideas for Rockaway, Queens. PHILIP McMANUS