I wish it was sooner, but am happy they are doing something about fixing it for good. It's been in such poor condition for so many years now.
Brooklyn Daily Eagle excerpt -
“The new boardwalk will mirror the look and feel of a traditional
boardwalk while adding critical strength and resilience – which will
protect the Coney Island community and stand up to floods and
hurricanes,” Ferguson wrote in the email.
Reconstruction of the 900,000 square foot Reigelmann Boardwalk began
in November and is expected to be completed by the start of beach season
in 2016. The boardwalk, which stretches for 2.7 miles from West 37th
Street in Coney Island to Corbin Place in Brighton Beach, opened in
Parts of the massive reconstruction project have already been completed, including the Steeplechase Pier.
The 92-year-old boardwalk is being renovated with recycled plastic
lumber boards laid over a concrete support structure. Recycled plastic
lumber has a long life expectancy, is sustainable and reduces plastic
entering landfills or New York City waterways, according to the Parks
The entire project is adhering to the city’s policy of environmentally-friendly construction, Ferguson wrote.
“The city has a long-standing policy of reducing the use of tropical
hardwoods. In fact, to reconstruct the entire boardwalk with tropical
hardwoods would destroy thousands of acres of rainforest and contribute
to the very climate change that destroyed the boardwalk in the first
place,” Ferguson said.