Boardwalks To Consider
Boardwalks and promenades around the world offer good examples of what Rockaway could have. Virginia Beach and Ocean City, Maryland are familiar to a lot of people. A lesser known promenade is in Blackpool, England.
The seaside town is continuously threatened by beach erosion and rising sea levels. Much of the town’s protection comes from a seawall.
Blackpool is among the most popular coastal destinations in the UK. The promenade has many attractions including something called a “ comedy carpet” – a surface atop the promenade that includes witty sayings and funny ads.
The comedy carpet also attracts street performers who often draw large crowds.
Virginia Beach is closer to home and is often cited as a model for Rockaway. The boardwalk stretches for three miles and is 28 feet wide and features a sepacontinued rate bike path which winds its way through commercial and residential areas. The boardwalk and bike lane are separated by various plantings. A huge statue of King Neptune looms over one part of the beach and is a magnet for children and photographers.
The boardwalk also has a seal constructed of metal sheet pile, concrete and reinforcing steel. The Virginia Beach boardwalk runs through a tourist area of hotels and businesses and continues through an exclusive residential area. (Please see “A Case Study” regarding Virginia Beach in this week’s Wave).
Ocean City, Maryland has a seawall and boardwalk and a dune system. Although Sandy washed over the seawall many buildings were spared serious damage.
Dating back to 1902 the Ocean City boardwalk is two and a half miles long. It was largely destroyed by a storm in 1962 then rebuilt soon after The boardwalk is a wooden structure protected by a concrete seal.