Who We Are
The Gateway Bike & Boathouse is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charity based in Rockaway. We are an advocacy group for bike friendly roads and water access on the peninsula. We are currently speaking with the National Park Service and NYC Parks and Recreation towards establishing bike and boating facilities in Rockaway.
The Lack of Water Access in Rockaway
You may be surprised to learn that there is no place to legally launch a kayak, canoe, rowing shell or small sailboat along the Jamaica Bay coastline between Beach 36th St. and Rockaway Point (note: the boat ramp at Beach Channel HS is for power boats only). Similarly, there is no legal access to the Atlantic Ocean along Rockaway's 10 miles of beach front.
Rockaway Without Walls
Rockaway has been given a unique opportunity to change this situation. $9 million has recently been budgeted to replace the current bay wall between Beach 125th and Beach 130th Streets on Beach Channel Drive with something better. How "better" is defined will ultimately be up to all of us.
Public input on this subject will begin formally in the Fall. While there will be many ideas as to what this project should consist of, it is our hope that water access should be the cornerstone of any plan that is ultimately adopted. If not, we have will have to answer to our children and their children, as to why they are unable to enjoy Jamaica Bay using paddles, oars or sails.
How Can You Help Now
While we are putting together a special RockawayWithoutWalls.org Website, we have created a petition page at: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/Rockaway-Without-Walls.
If you are in favor of water access for small, human and wind powered watercraft (kayaks, rowing shells, Sunfish, etc.) along Beach Channel Drive between Beach 125th and 130th Streets.Please take a couple of minutes to visit this page and register your support.
Thank You for Your Support
hank You for Your Support
The Gateway Bike & Boathouse thanks you for your support of water access in general and for this important project in particular. Please send us an e-mail if you have any questions or comments you would like to share or call us.