Parks Department Displays First Plans For New Rockaway Boardwalk Buildings
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The Parks Department offered Rockaway residents a first look at new buildings planned along the area's boardwalk, which was ravaged by Hurricane Sandy.
The Parks Department showed off plans for new lifeguard structures, bathrooms, concessions and comfort stations that will be built for this summer's beach season.
The permanent modular buildings will be the main structures in their areas.
Some say, though, that reinforcing the beach is a more pressing concern then this summer's recreation.
"I would've done away with the 13 season and started on the construction right away, because the real focus here should be on the safety and the peninsula not flooding again," said Ed Pastore of Friends of the Rockaways.
"I feel for the residents out here in Rockaway," said Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski. "They have valid concerns on a number of issues. We're trying to move forward what we can do to run recreational opportunities for the summer. They have concerns about the larger issues, which there are other entities looking at also. But we all need to work together and figure out how do we rebuild for the future."
The Parks Department says that residents' opinions will be heard during hearings next month.