Petitioning New York State Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz and 22 others

Keep the Boards in the Coney Island Boardwalk-No Concrete! and Save the Rainforests


Tell New York City’s Parks Department not to destroy one of New York’s authentic jewels, the world-famous Coney Island Boardwalk! It has provided a unique, peaceful respite for visitors and locals alike from the concrete city all around us. This 89-year-old icon has endured through two World Wars, a plethora of political administrations, and the ravages of nature’s wrath for nearly a century, but it may not survive the myopic stewardship of the very agency to whom its care is entrusted. If the Parks Department has its way, the Boardwalk will be turned into a concrete sidewalk! Their explanation for this choice is the citywide dictate to limit the use of rainforest wood, but there are in fact many other options available. Send a message to New York’s Parks Department to tell them that the choice is not between saving the rainforest and saving the Boardwalk — the correct choice is to do both! Stop the use of rainforest wood, and replace it with one of the available sustainable domestic hardwoods such as Black Locust or White Oak for the surface decking (the part that we all see and on which we walk). The support structure underneath should be made from recycled plastic lumber, which the U.S. Army has used to build bridges that support tanks and locomotives. This design would be both cost-effective and desirable, and, most importantly, would preserve the basic elements of what makes the wondrous Coney Island Boardwalk a boardwalk.

 

Please sign this petition to convey to the NYC Parks Department that the people of New York as well as visitors from around the world deserve the continued enjoyment that only the Boardwalk provides and that no sidewalk can ever replace!

 

Letter to
New York State Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz
Congressman New York 28th District Jerrold Nadler
Director of Community Assistance Unit Brooklyn South Andrew Olsen
and 20 others
New York State Senator Diane Savino
New York State Assembly Alec Brook-Krasny
New York State Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Rose Harvey
NYC Councilwoman Committee on Parks and Recreation Julissa Ferreras
Commissioner New York City Department of Parks and Recreation Adrian Benepe
NYC Councilman Committee on Parks and Recreation James Vacca
NYC Council Chairperson Committee on Parks and Recreation Melissa Mark-Viverito
Brooklyn Borough President Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz
NYC Councilwoman Committee on Parks and Recreation Elizabeth S. Crowley
Senior Advisor to the NYC Public Advocate Isabella Vais
NYC Councilman Committee on Parks and Recreation Daniel Dromm
New York City Public Advocate Bill Deblasio
New York State Dept. of Parks and Historic Preservation NYC Regional Coordinator Karen Phillips
NYC Councilman Committee on Parks and Recreation Vincent J. Gentile
New York City Councilman Lew Fidler
Brooklyn Borough Parks Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey
Policy Associate to the NYC Public Advocate Paul Costa
New York City Design Commission Ms Butler
New York City Councilman Mike Nelson
New York City Councilman Dominic Recchia
Please do not allow one of New York’s authentic jewels, the world-famous Coney Island Boardwalk to be destroyed! It has provided a unique, peaceful respite for visitors and locals alike from the concrete city all around us. This 89-year-old icon has endured through two World Wars, a plethora of political administrations, and the ravages of nature’s wrath for nearly a century, but it may not survive the myopic stewardship of the very agency to whom its care is entrusted. If the Parks Department has its way, the Boardwalk will be turned into a concrete sidewalk. Their explanation for this choice is the citywide dictate to limit the use of rainforest wood, but there are in fact many other options available. The choice is not between saving the rainforest and saving the Boardwalk — the correct choice is to do both! Stop the use of rainforest wood, and replace it with one of the available sustainable domestic hardwoods such as Black Locust or White Oak for the surface decking (the part that we all see and on which we walk). The support structure underneath should be made from recycled plastic lumber, which the U.S. Army has used to build bridges that support tanks and locomotives. This design would be both cost-effective and desirable, and, most importantly, would preserve the basic elements of what makes the wondrous Coney Island Boardwalk a boardwalk.

I look forward to hearing from your office as to how you intend to address this important issue.


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Sincerely,