After much deliberation and multiple redesigns, the NYC Parks Department has finally released new renderings showing what the rebuild of the Rockaway Beach boardwalk will look like. The plans for the reconstruction of the walkway, which was partially destroyed during Hurricane Sandy, were revealed at a community board meeting in November. The new design shows a concrete stretch sprinkled with bits of blue stone arranged in a wavy pattern, and indicates that the new pathway will be raised up to seven feet higher than before to meet the new FEMA flood standards.
The Parks Department does not expect that the $200 million boardwalk project will be completed until at least the end of 2016. DNAinfo got a chance to speak with First Deputy Commissioner of Parks Liam Kavanagh who discussed the plans at the meeting and said he projects that the new walkway will be finished by around December 2016 and open for the 2017 beach season. For now, however, the project still needs to be approved by the National Environmental Policy unit and assessed in an environmental impact study.
Once that’s completed, construction is expected to begin on Beach 88th Street and move westward as it progresses. The first section stretching between Beach 86th Street and 97th Street will hopefully be complete by summertime next year.
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