Changes, Concerts In Works For Canarsie Pier
By Dara Mormile
A Gateway National Recreation Area park ranger assigned to Canarsie Pier spoke about upcoming improvements at the site at last week's United Canarsie South Civic Association meeting.
"We know a lot of people in the community aren't happy with the conditions at the pier," said Jennifer Bethea. "A lot of improvements are in the planning stages, but the problem lies in lack of funding and personnel."
Some projected upgrades she outlined include installing a better grade of material on the playground, placing fishing stations around the pier and maintenance of bathrooms.
"The portable toilets aren't the best idea," she said. "We hope to open the bathrooms in time for the summer crowds. We're also going to try to have two maintenance employees at the site and work in shifts to make sure everything stays clean. The evening hours are the most problematic because of the cleanup."
The ranger noted the pier would be closed from dusk til dawn and occasionally the Department of Sanitation will clean the parking lot.
Bethea said it's been 15 years since the pier received an upgrade, but many fixtures were not made to withstand natural elements. "Some lights don't work because they've been knocked out by the wind and it's not easy to get someone to come out and repair them."
The park ranger also said concerts will be brought back to the pier every other Thursday evening beginning later this month.