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Rockaway Waterfront Planning Coalition info passing on
« on: November 25, 2009, 02:41:17 PM »
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    ++Dear Gateway Bike & Boathouse Supporter,
     Positive things are happening!   The purpose of this e-mail is to provide a brief update on some water access initiatives currently being worked on by the Gateway Bike & Boathouse (GB&B)
     While we continue our efforts to get at least one facility up and running in time for the 2010 season, we have found that there is a leadership role we need to fill as water access advocates here in Rockaway.  Support of water access is not the no-brainer you might have imagined.
     Towards this end, the GB&B is working closely with the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance (RWA) in a newly formed committee of the RWA called, the Rockaway Waterfront Planning Coalition (RWPC).  This group will consist of Rockaway civic organizations, advocacy groups such as the Gateway Bike & Boathouse, interested individuals and other stakeholders who see value in creating a shared vision for the waterfront on the entire Rockaway peninsula. 
     You may have heard that the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) had approved $9 million for the 2010 fiscal budget for the purpose of doing something creative with the bay wall between Beach 125th St. and Beach 130th St.  The Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance (MWA) was to coordinate community input this fall to determine what the design should look like.  Unfortunately, this project has been temporarily put on hold, so no community meetings have been scheduled as of this time.
     The GB&B is supporting a couple of initiatives designed to help get this bay wall project back on track, one is called www.BelleHarborCove.org <http://www.belleharborcove.org/> .  On this site you can see a professional rendering of one idea as to how water access can be achieved in a small, attractive, neighborhood setting.  Take a moment to visit the site and leave a comment.  Next week (12/1/09), the GB&B will launch its own site, www.RockawayWithoutWalls.org <http://www.rockawaywithoutwalls.org/> .  "Mr. Bloomberg, tear down this wall!"   This site has been designed to provide a public forum on the subject of water access, share ideas and provide facts and figures that will help residents shape a common vision for improving Rockaway's waterfront. 
     The Gateway Bike & Boathouse has a meeting scheduled with the new Unit Coordinator for the Jamaica Bay Unit of Gateway in early December to talk about how we can work together in making a Riis Landing facility a reality.  By the way, Gateway National Recreation Area has begun a three-year study to determine the future direction of the Park.  Please take a moment to let them know how important water access is to you. 
    Comment Online at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov <http://parkplanning.nps.gov/>    First, Select a Park (Gateway NRA) then click on General Management Plan.
     New York City Department of Parks and Recreation has been very cooperative regarding possible launch sites in Rockaway.  Unfortunately all of the proposed sites are all on the eastern end of the peninsula where we do not yet have volunteers.   We are confident however that in years to come there will be several bike and boathouses scattered along Rockaway's 10+ miles of bay front.   Finally, we will fight to get rid of the ridiculous regulation that prevents kayakers from launching from Rockaway beaches, effectively cutting off access to the Atlantic Ocean.
     Please let me know if you have any questions, comments or ideas.  I will try to get these updates out more frequently in the future.  Thanks for your patience and support!
     Best regards,
     Rick
     Rick Horan, President
     Gateway Bike & Boathouse, Inc.
     Paddle and Pedal in Rockaway Beach
     
    A not-for-profit 501(c)(3)
     718-530-0040
     [email protected]