Protective Barriers Or New Jogging Track?
The installation of TrapBag barriers began on Monday, June 10th. The Department of Parks and RECREATION had a contractor install the protective devices, which also double as a jungle gym, starting on Beach 126th Street and heading east, under the management of TrapBag representatives.
While the devices currently remain open, allowing for kids to climb them freely, Parks says that they will be covered. When installation is complete, a top is placed on each cell and the Parks Department says they will “be incorporated into a semi-dune when the Army Corps sand comes in.” The sand replenishment is set to begin sometime at the end of this month or in July.
The TrapBag barriers are part of a temporary plan to protect the beach before the next storm season. “The plan is not to have them there forever,” a Parks Department spokesman said. They are also considering using HESCO barriers as part of this temporary plan and the Parks Department is still in talks with the HESCO company about the possible installation.
In the first phase of the Trap- Bag installation, the devices will be placed from Beach 108th Street to Beach 126th Street with the installation starting west and working its way east. A second phase will include an installation from Beach 108th Street to Beach 55th Street.