After a season of testing different materials to replace planks on the iconic wooden boardwalk at Coney Island, the Parks Department determined that concrete is the best alternative.
City officials made the announcement at Wednesday’s Community Board 13 meeting that cement fared better than a “faux-wood” plastic lumber material during the summer season, when both materials were in place.
Brooklyn Parks Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey said the material costs less, is not slippery, is easier to repair and is less likely to break or rot than its alternatives.
But residents are outraged at the decision.
“This is an absolute disgrace. Having the boardwalk is a plus for this community — it’s historic,” Ruby Schultz told the Brooklyn Paper. “And you’re going to turn it into a sidewalk?”