Quennell Rothschild & Partners is currently designing a new $1.6M skate park at the Rockaway beachfront in Queens, New York. Located between Beach 91st and Beach 92nd Streets, the state of the art concrete skate park will replace the old steel skate elements seriously damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The skate park footprint fits within the new access ramps to the boardwalk and is overlooked by stadium seating installed as part of the boardwalk reconstruction. A welcoming entrance plaza, furnished with bike racks, drinking fountains, shaded benches and pebble-shaped seating, provides a place for skaters and beach-goers to meet and relax. The plaza will link the skate park to future development to the east as proposed by the Rockaway Parks Conceptual Plan.
Durable, corrosion-resistant materials ensure the park will withstand storms and inundation: concrete, aluminum railings, galvanized steel furnishings, galvanized ductile iron bench legs, recycled plastic lumber bench slats, and precast concrete seating. All drainage will be infiltrated on site through a subsurface detention /infiltration system designed for the site soil conditions. Groves of pitch pines will be planted close to the entrances, and native seashore shrubs and grasses within the park will function as a linear rain garden.