Picnic Tables and Grills Will Now Be Available for the Busy Summer Season

Promises Kept: DEP Dismantles Octagon Park Fence, Liberating Picnic Space

Updated 1 year ago David Stone
Through a permanently unlocked gate, DEP workers can be seen liberating the lost picnic tables.
Through a permanently unlocked gate, DEP workers can be seen liberating the lost picnic tables.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

Last week, RIOC Public Affairs Supervisor Jessica Murray told The Daily that the City's Department of Environment Protection promised to remove fencing that idled most picnic tables and grills in Octagon Park by today. This morning, they kept their promise.

Although DEP originally said they'd move the picnic tables and grills to keep them accessible, they were confined inside the construction site for an emergency access, grass-paved road. The few tables left were hardly sufficient to meet the demands of residents, let alone visitors who flock here on holiday weekends.

Grill and picnic table freed along the grass-paved road.
Grill and picnic table freed along the grass-paved road.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

The grass-paved road was needed to allow access to City Water Tunnel #3 that has a critical access point between Octagon and Pony Fields. It was designed to meet its purpose while fitting in with the park setting.

After the DEP fence is gone, a second fence constructed by RIOC contractor Elit Construction will remain until work on the seawall railings is completed, leaving the West Promenade safe again. A construction supervisor on site told The Daily he hopes to have that work done in time for FIGMENT NYC 2019 on June 1st.

Protective fencing restricting access to the West Promenade during seawall railing construction will remain until the work is done.
Protective fencing restricting access to the West Promenade during seawall railing construction will remain until the work is done.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

If that date proves too optimistic, attendees may have to all enter Lighthouse Park through Coler's parking lot or along the new emergency access road.

 

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