Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway) sent a letter to the Department of Parks Borough Commissioner, Dorothy Lewendowski requesting that additional trash cans be supplied to the boardwalk, lids be placed on those cans and that trash collection be done more frequently.
“In the summer months, thousands of local residents and visitors enjoy the beautiful beach and boardwalk in the Rockaways,” Assemblyman Goldfeder said. “There are simply not enough trash cans to accommodate the volume of litter that is produced.”
The trash cans that are currently in place along the boardwalk are usually overflowing by early afternoon. This is more than just an eyesore – it is a matter of public health. Birds and rats feed on the overflowing garbage and spread it around the beach and boardwalk area.
“It’s a disgrace,” said Eddy Pastore, Rockaway resident and community leader. “The Rockaway boardwalk should be the jewel of Queens, but instead it is a public hazard that is perpetuated by a lack of attention by the Parks Department.”
It is evident by the rate at which these receptacles fill up that park patrons are willing to dispose of their trash responsibly. It is the obligation of the Parks Department to provide more cans and more frequent pick-ups to accommodate those who are clearly trying to keep the park clean, Goldfeder added.
“The beach and boardwalk is a tremendous asset to our community,” Assemblyman Goldfeder said. “It should be a place where local families and visitors can safely relax and enjoy the summer without being surrounded by garbage.”