Long Beach Boardwalk Demolition – Ceremonial Event

2832603849_112dcba770_bMark your brand new 2013 calendars: The City of Long Beach will be hosting a Boardwalk Demolition Ceremony on January 5th @ 11am, Grand Blvd. Bring tissues. Yeah, that’s not a joke. This is going to be pretty damn emotional…. Full press release posted at the end of this article.

But fear not, the boardwalk will be back, as posted on the City of Long Beach facebook group: WE WILL REBUILD STRONGER, SMARTER, & SAFER IN 2013!

Long Beach Boardwalk Demolition – Ceremonial Event

Saturday, January 5 at 11am
Grand Boulevard in Long Beach
 
All are invited to join the City of the Long Beach as we say goodbye to an old friend, the Long Beach Boardwalk. Due to damage sustained in Superstorm Sandy, Long Beach’s renowned 2.2 mile oceanfront boardwalk will have to be demolished. There will be a ceremonial event to commemorate the beginning of the iconic landmark’s demolition process this Saturday, January 5 at 11am on Grand Boulevard.

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5 thoughts on “Long Beach Boardwalk Demolition – Ceremonial Event”

  1. A lot of people have an aversion toward concrete as a possible replacement to the wooden boards from the beloved boardwalk. Well, what if we kept the board design and simply made the boards out of durable concrete? Not a thick slab like a roadway, but rather, position the concrete boards like how the wooden ones were Pre-Sandy (PS) so that sand and the occasional storm can run right off of it. They can be designed for dynamic movement so that there’s some “give” in the fasteners holding the concrete boards, allowing the structure to flex from strong winds or large amounts of foot traffic and therefore addressing the #1 problem runners and joggers have about solid pavement versus flexible wood. Trex decking is an obvious alternative but if the replaced boards will be anything like the memorial benches’ material, these have already turned brittle in the decade since they were put in place so it may not be the best choice (particularly if Beach Maintenance drive their trucks on it…oh wait, if it were concrete it will practically be maintenance free and no more trucks!).
    I don’t know how old the concrete columns are beneath the boardwalk now, but what we do know is that they are older than all of us and have stood the test of time and are also the only pieces to the boardwalk that remained intact through Sandy. Concrete boards would still make it a true boardwalk and they will last a generation or more if done right.

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