You people are so creative! Today I received another boardwalk idea, which contains some pretty detailed images. If you have an idea of your own, please email me and I will post it! So far I have two sent in, plus our boardwalk wish list. Let’s get this list going:
- What is on your boardwalk wish list?
- Reader Boardwalk-Rebuild Idea: Concrete with a Rubber Track for Runners
The following was submitted by Patrick. I love this idea because it addresses so many concerns, including: Storm protection, runner knees, drainage and esthetics. Check it out:
Shown below are some images of a suggestion I have for a replacement to our boardwalk. Our city now has a great opportunity and an obligation, to rebuild our oceanfront access for generations to come. Hopefully we have leaders who also can capitalize on this opportunity and not just simply repeat the past but be true leaders and reshape the future.
My suggestion would be a hard-sided earthen filled structure running the length of the beach with the seaward side having dunes sloping from the elevated structure to the beach. Anchoring the new boardwalk would be what I am calling “piers”, at locations across our ocean front. (e.g. New York, Riverside and Neptune). These “piers” would have bathrooms, limited concessions and lifeguard “shacks” built into them at beach level. On top of these “piers” would be benches and on concert night a great location for the setup of the bleachers.
The surface of the boardwalk would be concrete walking lanes (possibly stamped concrete), a “smooth” bike lane (NOT asphalt!) and a drainage area covered with wood for our running friends. The top of the structure would be a pathway similar to the Hollywood Beach Boardwalk as shown here: http://www.visithollywoodfl.
I was also thinking of “mini-piers” sticking out half way between each entrance, these minis would be semi circles as in the image below but not as large, maybe one or two benches and I think this would be a perfect location for the gazebos mentioned on this site. I also have an idea for how vehicles would access the beach but that is probably getting ahead of it.
My apologies for my limited Photoshop skills, but Anthony has promised to lend me his “Photoshop for Dummies” book for my next submission.
(click on photos for larger image)