$4 Mil Plus For Sandy Damaged Parks
Senator Charles Schumer and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder recently announced more than $4 million in federal funding for New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYCDPR) for Sandy-damaged parks and sports areas in Rockaway.
Sandy’s widespread flooding and wind caused extensive damage to NYC Parks’ rest areas, picnic areas and handball courts between Beach 105th Street and Beach 74th Street.
“Superstorm Sandy’s wrath destroyed a number of Rockaway’s cherished recreational areas and we need to make sure they are repaired so that families can enjoy them for years to come,” said Schumer. “This federal funding will help New York City rebuild these Sandydamaged play areas without putting a heavy burden on local taxpayers.”
“Rebuilding our parks and providing areas for our families to enjoy is crucial for our recovery after Superstorm Sandy and must be a priority,” Goldfeder added. “With summer around the corner, more families will be enjoying the warm weather outdoors. This funding will put an end to the excuses and finally allow for the complete rebuilding of recreational areas in Rockaway for our families and children to regain a sense of normalcy. “
The repair work will include 12 sports areas along Rockaway Beach, between Beach 105th Street and Beach 74th Street. Sandy damaged handball courts, asphalt in the play area and damaged the storage and picnic areas as well. The demolition portion of the project has been completed so far.
The total amount of allocated federal funding so far is $4,755,732. Goldfeder and Schumer also noted that the community should be involved in final plans for the work.