VIDEO: Coney Island Creek Climate Change Study Proposes Pedestrian Path For Kaiser Park

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A rendering of proposed improvements to the area, to benefit residents in times of storm and peace, via Arcadis

A rendering of proposed improvements to Six Diamonds Park, to benefit residents in times of storm and peace. (Photo via Arcadis/Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects)

In anticipation of future climate change events, the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency commissioned design and consultancy firm Arcadis to study Coney Island Creek, a notorious body of water known for being the site of illegal local dumping and for being responsible for a good deal of area flooding during Hurricane Sandy.

Arcadis has now released a video detailing the results of studies on how to make Coney and its nearly 46,000 residents more resilient against future flooding, be it from superstorms or, far more common, heavy rains.

The video proposes the creation of a “pedestrian path connecting two park spaces” and “ecological enhancements to bring new habitats and homes to existing habitats” as some of the ways the studies and their findings can benefit Coney in a non-disaster setting.

A rendering of new green space near Coney Island Creek via Arcadis

A rendering of new green space near Coney Island Creek in Kaiser Park. (Photo via Arcadis/Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects)

A press release accompanying the video also listed the following proposed flood mitigation measures for the Creek:

  • Constructing an in-water tidal barrier to maintain tidal flow, water quality, and circulation
  • Creating ecological diversity through habitat enhanced bulkhead designs, natural stormwater treatment areas, and coastal wetlands restoration
  • Enhancing views to waterfront and distant harbor view through elevated trails featuring attractive landscaping
  • Enhancing connectivity between neighborhoods with walking berms that cross the creek
  • Rainbow

    This is the biggest boondoggle of all time. They are suckering in the community to believe that it’s all about flood control when in reality it’s about making more money for the big money developers.

  • Robert

    Didn’t know “expert” at the end of your title means you have a doctorate in environmental science and oceanology. Oh and the multi cultural shot of the individuals discussing maps and charts like they’re surveyors!

  • Sean F

    I get that they basically want to raise up the level of the creekside land, making it more difficult to flood. But, they are going to protect the habitat by building more homes there? How does that protect the natural habitats, or protect the residents? And where will these homes be built? Much of the land around the creek is either parkland, existing homes, or commercial/industrial land. Sounds like a lot of “feel good” planning with little practical result (other than the idea of building raised areas along the shore).