Critics: Concrete, fake wood threaten historic Coney Island boardwalk

Critics argue that the move takes away from the boardwalk's historical meaning and decreases the boardwalk’s beauty. (5/21/14)

CONEY ISLAND - Coney Island community members are fighting to stop the Parks Department from replacing the planks on the historic boardwalk with concrete.

The department has recently been replacing damaged parts of the boardwalk with concrete and synthetic wood boards.

Critics argue that the move takes away from the boardwalk's historical meaning and decreases the boardwalk’s beauty.

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Councilman Mark Treyger agrees and even wrote a letter to the Parks Department. He says that after Superstorm Sandy, areas of the beach beneath the wood suffered only minimal erosion while areas with concrete had more damage.

The Parks Department has yet to respond.

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