Featured Project: Queensbridge Park
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Monday, July 7, to celebrate the opening of the restored Queensbridge Park in Long Island City. LiRo was Construction Manager for the project. The 20-acre park, which offers recreational facilities and stunning views of Manhattan, is located on the East River waterfront just north of the Queensboro Bridge, and is protected from the river by a 700-foot long stone seawall. The wall, originally constructed in the 1930s, had deteriorated due to the constant barrage of tides and the elements. As a result, public access to the waterfront was restricted for several years due to safety concerns.
The project reinforced the seawall with a rip-rap revetment, in which carefully sized, large stones were placed in a stable, staggered pattern on a slope to absorb the energy of waves and water. Behind the wall, a 6' wide promenade with benches and plantings runs the full length of the park. A small fishing wharf was installed at the northern end. The restored seawall, in combination with the replacement of paved areas with permeable surfaces, will protect the park against erosion during storm events by increasing water absorption and reducing soil runoff.
Construction completion enables the park to be fully accessible for public use. The site is located adjacent to the Queensbridge Houses, the largest public housing complex in the country.
LiRo's Project Team: (L to R)
Larry Blond, Project Executive; Mike Mascaro, Sr. Project Manager; Betty Chan, Office Engineer; John Brzozwski, Superintendent; not pictured - Paul Dumas, Project Manager.
LiRo Project Manager Mike Mascaro and NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver at the ribbon cutting ceremony.