City officials revealed a plan for a new entrance to Coney Island Beach during a Brooklyn Community Board 13 economic development committee meeting yesterday, the New York Post reported.
The $11 million design will turn an empty West 10th Street lot near the Cyclone rollercoaster into a 75-foot-wide entrance with plantings, bike racks and seating. In addition, the entrance will be covered in a blue-colored heat-resistant pavement made from recycled materials.
According to the Post, the entrance will be completed by summer 2014, but the beach will still be accessible through side streets or the Stillwell Avenue entrance. In November, the city will raze the West 8th Street bridge that goes over Surf Avenue from one of the local subway stops to the beach.
Kyle Sklerov, a spokesperson for the city’s Economic Development Corporation, said this project would provide “a more welcoming experience” for visitors, the Post wrote, while “improving pedestrian access to all of Coney Island’s amusements, as well as the [New York] Aquarium and the boardwalk.” [Post]