Greater Rockaway Community & Shoreline Enhancement Plan

focused on the restoration of the dunes along the Atlantic shoreline of the Rockaway Peninsula and prioritizes local voices, biodiversity, and long-term stewardship. 

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Building on initiatives by government and nonprofit partners to conduct a comprehensive site assessment and preliminary design to enhance dunes along the Atlantic shoreline of the Rockaway Peninsula into an extensive, biodiverse, and habitat-rich dune system that provides economic opportunities for residents.

The Greater Rockaway Community & Shoreline Enhancement Plan was initiated by RISE with support from the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), as well as technical support from WXY Architecture & Urban Planning, eDesign Dynamics and Ana Fisyak Consulting. 

The focus area includes the dunes between Beach 9th to Beach 109th Street and seeks to make recommendations for those on the north side of the boardwalk. This project's goal is to lay the groundwork for a long-term coastal dune enhancement and maintenance program, while leveraging investment in the dunes and beach as a way to support existing community development goals. Key focus areas include business creation, environmental education, equity, flood protection, and workforce development.

The plan engaged a wide cross section of stakeholders and partners—from civic associations and businesses to youth and NYCHA residents—through a diverse community engagement process in 2020 and 2021 and included interviews, focus groups, community design workshops, and an esurvey. The project developed a scalable and replicable engagement process that can be used for New York City-wide coastal shoreline visioning by city and state partners. The final report can be viewed and downloaded below.

In November 2021, NFWF announced that the "Greater Rockaway" plan was one of 49 projects selected through the National Coastal Resilience Fund; making it the only project designated in NY State. This funding will allow the project to be further developed, for implementation over the coming year. See the recent press announcement