Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, 22nd District) today is announcing that he has allocated $7 million dollars towards the completion of the renovation of the bike and pedestrian path along Shore Parkway in Brooklyn.
Senator Golden stated, "The bike and pedestrian path has deteriorated over the years, and that is why obtaining this funding was one of my priorities. The $7 million dollars allocated to this project will go a long way to aiding the Parks Department and the Department of Environmental Protection in returning the bike path to the people."
Golden continued, "This bike path and the waterfront are one of our community's greatest treasures. To have it exist in a dangerous manner was not right. I am confident that this funding will be utilized to restore the integrity of the bike path, insuring the safety of all those who bike ride, jog and walk along the Narrows."
"We are thrilled that Senator Golden has obtained this money for the Shore Road bikeway," said Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe. "It's one of the most popular recreation facilities in the borough--thousands of Brooklynites use it to stretch their legs and find respite along the Narrows. Now, thanks to his and the Mayor's support,we will be able to give it the overhaul that it needs."
Craig Eaton, Chairman of Community Board 10 stated, "Community Board 10 has made the seawall replacement a top priority for many years. I would like to thank State Senator Golden, for fighting
and securing $7 million dollars for the restoration of the sea wall. The funds will go a long way toward refurbishing the new walkway and bike path which will be a tremendous benefit to residents across Brooklyn."
Marty Golden, as both a State Senator and a City Councilman, held numerous on site inspections of the bike path with City officials, Community Board 10 and Congressman Vito Fossella, in an effort to make the necessary repairs of the bike path, which led to an allocation of City emergency funding of $12 million for renovations of the bike path.
Furthermore, following an on-site meeting with then-Councilman Golden, the Parks Department allocated $750,000 in 2002 to fix the worst sinkholes on the northern-most section of the bike path.
The City of New York declared the Shore Parkway Seawall reconstruction an emergency on June 15, 2005 and the work began on June 24, 2005. The work is scheduled to be completed by Spring/Summer 2006.
The Promenade Bike Path was constructed in the 1940's to complement the Belt Parkway. It loops almost entirely around the borough's shoreline and features bicycle and pedestrian path for about 13 miles along the waterfront. From Bay Ridge Avenue to the Verrazano Bridge, the greenway hosts a bicycle path and a separate but parallel pedestrian path.