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Weigh in on How To Use the FEMA Cash Left After Rockaway Boardwalk Repair

By Katie Honan | December 25, 2016 2:54pm | Updated on December 27, 2016 8:53am
 The nine projects are estimated to cost between $20 and $50 million each. 
The nine projects are estimated to cost between $20 and $50 million each. 
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​ROCKAWAY BEACH — Residents can send along their thoughts on a wish list of Parks Department projects to be paid for by up to $120 million left over from the ​federally-funded boardwalk reconstruction project.

Officials presented the nine projects across the peninsula that are eligible for funding at a community meeting earlier in December. The deadline to submit ideas and preferences has been extended to Jan. 8, 2017, according to the Parks Department.

Projects include a renovation of Bayswater Park, a raise shoreline in Edgemere to mitigate flooding, new amenities at the Rockaway Community Park in Edgemere and a kayak launch at Thursby Basin in Arverne.

There's also a plan to create of a new bayside park at Beach 88th Street in Rockaway Beach, build a gateway corridor at the Beach 95th Street parking lot in Rockaway Beach, and new add park features along Shore Front Parkway in Rockaway Park.

Officials also included projects to create new comfort stations at Beach 59th and Beach 116th streets, and to renovate the Parks Department's maintenance headquarters in Arverne.


They were all taken from the Rockaway Parks Conceptual Plan, released in 2014.

The boardwalk, estimated to cost around $480 million, is set to be completed in 2017. There will be an estimated $100 to $120 million in extra money for the project, officials said. 

Each potential project cost varies between $20 and $60 million each.

Once the feedback is received, they'll incorporate it in their submission for funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, who paid for the new boardwalk. Additional funding will also need to be secured for many of the projects.

To look at each project, visit the Parks Department's website. Send along all feedback and thoughts to Alexander.Maureau@parks.nyc.gov