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Old 05-25-2014, 03:16 PM
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2014

Contact: Conor Greene (917) 494-3687

Treyger Increases Accessibility to Southern Brooklyn Beaches

Parks Agrees to Treyger’s Request for Additional Mobi-Mats at W. 33rd, W. 5th & Brighton 6th St.

Brooklyn – Council Member Mark Treyger has successfully worked with the NYC Parks Department to have additional Mobi-Mats installed along Coney Island and Brighton Beach this year to improve accessibility for all, including seniors and those in wheelchairs. The mats, which extend 200 feet from the boardwalk towards the ocean and make it easier to walk on the sand, will be installed at the following locations in time for Memorial Day: West 33rd Street, Stillwell Avenue, Brighton 2nd Street, Brighton 6th Street, Coney Island Avenue, and West 5th Street, which will accommodate seniors in the Warbasse Houses. The Parks Department agreed to install two additional mats this year after Council Member Treyger made the request to Brooklyn Parks Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey during a recent meeting, based on input from the community. The thick mats make it much easier for seniors, the disabled, parents with strollers and beachgoers with coolers to walk across the sand and will be in place through Labor Day.

“I am thrilled that Southern Brooklyn’s great beaches will be even more accessible this summer and proud that I was able to work with Brooklyn Parks Commissioner Kevin Jeffery to successfully meet this important request. Every resident of Coney Island and Brighton Beach should be able to take advantage of the wonderful amenities right in our backyard. I heard from many seniors throughout Coney Island, especially in the West End, who have been unable to safely and comfortably walk across the sand in years past, so this is great news for our entire peninsula,” said Council Member Treyger, who represents the entire stretch of beach and boardwalk along Coney Island and Brighton Beach.

Council Member Treyger also thanks Council Member Chaim Deutsch, who represents the residential portion of Brighton Beach, for providing additional advocacy on this issue, including raising it at a recent City Council hearing.

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