New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and NYC Parks will establish a new water ride, adventure park, and public plaza with open-air food options and an arcade in Coney Island’s amusement district.
Central Amusement International (CAI) has been appointed to develop 150,000ft² of City-owned land in the amusement district.
The project is being taken up as part of the Administration’s investments in affordable housing, infrastructure, cultural facilities and economic development in the neighbourhood.
NYCEDC president and CEO James Patchett said: “Coney Island is both a cherished summertime destination and an important economic engine for SouthBrooklyn. With these exciting new attractions and our ongoing investments in housing and infrastructure, Coney Island’s future has never looked brighter.”
CAI will transform the vacant land at the boardwalk, adjacent to the Thunderbolt rollercoaster, into a new log flume and an adventure park, which will feature a rope course for visitors to climb and enjoy views of the boardwalk and ocean.
The company will also upgrade street ends with public seating, landscaping and a new public plaza with an open-air style eatery and entertainment area with an arcade and games, to better connect the Coney Island community to the historic amusements district.
In 2017, NYCEDC and NYC Parks issued a request for proposals (RFP) to develop and operate 150,000ft² of land in five parcels between Surf Avenue and the boardwalk and between West 10th and West 16th Streets.
Through the Housing New York plan, the de Blasio administration has committed $180m in infrastructure and other capital improvements since 2014.
In 2009, a 27-acre amusement and entertainment district was created following a 19-block rezoning on Coney Island. Plans have also been prepared to develop new amusements and affordable and market-rate homes.
The implementation of the plan is expected to generate 6,000 permanent jobs, 25,000 construction jobs and $14bn in economic activity.
Image: Conceptual design of the new Water Ride, Adventure Park, and Public Plaza on Coney Island Boardwalk. Photo: courtesy of New York City Economic Development Corporation.