2013-11-15 / Letters

Crucial Parks Stuff Ahead

Dear Editor:

I attended a Parks Department meeting on Sunday, November 10th at Scholars. The focus was to continue the dialogue with the community as to how the boardwalk could be developed to best meet the needs of the Rockaway community. The meeting went well. The contracted firm, CH2M Hill, and Parks Department personnel gathered information from participants and promised to consider them as they develop their plans for the boardwalk. The completed boardwalk that is under discussion will serve the community as our “High Line” and a formable storm barrier. The new boardwalk will serve the communities as a protective barrier against future storms.

The stretch of beach from 126th to 149th Street is problematic in designing and implementing the construction of a storm barrier for the communities along this stretch of land. This stretch currently has a four foot baffle wall along the north side of the beach, sand bags along the baffle wall and a 14’ high by 25’ wide bern. These items are certainly appreciated, but do not fully answer the safety and access needs for this particular area. They can be viewed as temporary measures, while a more comprehensive plan needs to be developed by the Army Corp of Engineers working with the City Parks Department and their contracted firm CH2M Hill. The process for developing a comprehensive plan with community input has begun. There will be meetings coordinated by the Parks Department as well as civic association meetings. I urge all residents in this area to attend future meetings addressing this very important issue.

On Tuesday, November 19th the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association is holding a general membership meeting at Public School 114, 7 p.m., 134-01 Cronston Avenue. All are invited to attend. Representatives from the Parks Department, Army Corp of Engineers, and elected officials and others will be there to update us and answer our questions.

HANK IORI

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