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Peaceful pathway: The Parks Department plans to create a pedestrian pathway along Gerritsen Avenue, starting with an entrance near PS 277 and ending near Gotham Avenue.
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Gerritsen Beachers will soon have a spiffy new pedestrian pathway along the neighborhood’s namesake avenue.

The Parks Department plans to lay down asphalt along Gerritsen Avenue between Florence and Channel avenues — just next to the ball fields — by next fall. It will be a serious improvement over the existing sidewalk, and people are bound it enjoy it — once the weather warms up, according to the vice president of local do-gooder group Gerritsen Beach Cares.

“I think it’s a lovely idea. It is set back, so people can walk and enjoy the parkland without being right on the sidewalk, which is a mess,” said Mary Douglas. “Right now, in this time of year, I don’t see anyone walking on it right now — I’m sure people will make use of any improvement.”

The Parks Department plans to finish up the first part of the path between Seba and Florence avenues by August. The second leg of the project — which Community Board 18 unanimously approved during a Jan. 11 meeting — will run form Florence Avenue to the entrance of PS 277, providing a direct connection to the baseball fields.

The city also plans to spruce up the park with new benches and freshly planted trees and shrubs, according to information from the Parks Department.

State Sen. Marty Golden (R–Gerritsen Beach) is providing the $500,000 necessary for the project, according to information from the Parks Department.

The new path will benefit everyone who lives nearby, said the chairwoman of Community Board 18’s parks committee.

“The Parks Department has really come up with some really spectacular plans for the parks, and it’s always a struggle trying to find money to put in,” said Nancy Walby. “And our elected officials in our area in particular have been really great supporters of the parks projects.”

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

Posted 11:47 am, January 23, 2017
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Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
This would be definitely a welcome addition to this under developed and great potential area. I look forward to strolling along its path someday.
Jan. 24, 2017, 12:44 pm
Bill M from Gerritsen beach says:
What's wrong with picture we do not have a safe place to drop off and pick up our kids at the school but we will have a greenway We have approach the parks dept to use this part of this area to drop off our kids safely Parks they will give up grass for blacktop for our kids safety but they will to walk on. WHAT'S WORNG WITH THIS PICTURE
Jan. 24, 2017, 6:28 pm
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
Bill M, the reason you don't see a drop-off point is because it is inherently dangerous to do so on an Avenue. What I have witnessed in front of that school for over 40 years are self-indulgent parents who double and triple Park their vehicles to pick up their children creating a dangerous situation for children who also must cross the street to the other side. I have witnessed parents parked on the opposite side from the school motioning their children to walk in between double parked cars while traffic is moving along on the Avenue to get to the other side. I have witnessed these same parents ignoring the guidance of the crossing guards because they are too much in a hurry to follow procedures. I have always been amazed why more children aren't being injured because of their parents selfishness. Why not parked around the corner and safely pick up the children? Why not parked a block before the school and safely pick up your children? Apparently that's too much work and too much of an inconvenience. In the last year once again the city altered traffic patterns to accommodate the parents who must double park and ignore common sense and put their children at risk.
Jan. 25, 2017, 5:14 pm
Mel from GB says:
The dirt bikers and ATV guys will be over joyed with a smooth track to ride. I know they have already enjoyed the blocktop laid from Snake Park to the Pony Field.
Lets see how long before someone is struck while walking
Feb. 15, 2017, 3:54 pm
John from Gerritsen beach says:
This will mean no more cars can park outside the fence when all the feilds are being used there is no way all the cars are going to fit on Gerritsen ave
May 3, 2017, 3:51 pm

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