2013-05-16 / Other News

Canarsie Pier’s Fate Still Out At Sea

By Linda Steinmuller

Crew surveys conditions of pier’s foundation. 
Photos by Linda Steinmuller Crew surveys conditions of pier’s foundation. Photos by Linda Steinmuller Spring is here and impatient Canarsiens are still wondering, “What’s going on with Canarsie Pier?” Well, some good news for the community arrived last week in the form of federal funding for Gateway National Recreation Area — and specifically for the Canarsie Pier.

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced last week that $150 million in federal funding, which is being appropriated through the Department of Interior, will be available to repair Gateway National Recreation Area, which was ravaged by Superstorm Sandy, and is in need of despair repairs.

“The federal funding will help repair Floyd Bennett Field and Canarsie Pier so it can continue to be used by Brooklyn residents in the future,” Schumer said.

In the Brooklyn section of Gateway National Recreation Area, $3 million will be used to repair storm damage at Hangar B and the campground at Floyd Bennett Field; $1.2 million will be used to repair Canarsie Pier Visitor Center; $1.8 million will be used to inspect and repair storm damage to Canarsie Pier and Docks; $400,000 will be used to repair storm damage to the Riding Academy at Jamaica Bay.

Damage at pier after Sandy hit. Damage at pier after Sandy hit. The National Park Service (NPS) previously spent $350,000 on a survey to repair Canarsie Pier before Sandy hit the area – essentially, that money went down the drain with Sandy.

Assemblyman Alan Maisel, Councilman Lew Fidler, Kings County Democratic Leader Frank Seddio and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries met with the NPS in March to find out what it is going to take to reopen the pier. “We don’t know if trucks and cars can be supported by the pier. We are pushing to get the NPS to rehabilitate the pier. We need to put in a facility for a restaurant and a concession is needed.” Maisel also noted at the March meeting of the United Canarsie South Civic Association that “there are overturned benches and light fixtures with cracks in them that need to be fixed. The parameters have to be deemed safe and the guard rails have to be sturdy.”

The pier has been closed since October 29, 2012 – the day Superstorm Sandy tore through the area – and will remain closed until the results of a recent engineering study are released. That study was conducted during the week of May 6th and included an underwater assessment of the pier’s foundation to determine whether the pier is safe to reopen. As of press time, the NPS advised that the results are still pending.

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