News Rockaway’s popular beaches will reopen after being closed due to erosion The Parks Department said it will reopen Beach 96th to Beach 98th street to swimming starting on June 30 -- on a trial basis. A popular portion of Rockaway Beach -- Beach 96th to Beach 98th streets -- will reopen on a trial basis beginning June 30, 2018. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Spencer Platt By Lisa L. Colangelo firstname.lastname@example.org @lisalcolangelo Updated June 24, 2018 3:46 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email The city is planning to reopen a popular portion of Rockaway Beach that had been shuttered last month due to erosion concerns. The Parks Department said it will reopen Beach 96th to Beach 98th street to swimming starting on June 30 on a trial basis. Officials said the decision was made after discussions with lifeguards. “They have to be comfortable that they can keep people safe,” said Parks Department spokeswoman Crystal Howard. “Everyone believes this is feasible.” Beach lovers, local residents and business owners were furious when the city announced before Memorial Day that it had deemed Beach 91 to Beach 102 unsafe. Several rallies protested the closures, saying Rockaway needs more permanent fixtures, such as jetties, to battle ongoing erosion and to protect homes on the peninsula. The stretch is one of the busiest sections of the beach due to its proximity to food concessions and free parking. Parks Department officials said they are trying to be responsive to the public. “We know how much New Yorkers love the Rockaways, and found a way to make more of the beach available for summer fun,” said Howard. The city is also giving businesses at the 97th Street concession a 50 percent rent break for the summer and agreed to allow them to start live music earlier at 1 p.m. In addition, a temporary skate ramp, misting/cooling stations and children’s sand play area is being added to the areas around the concession. City Councilman Barry Grodenchik, who chairs the Parks Committee, is holding a hearing on Monday on beach closings and erosion issues. Parks Department officials are scheduled to testify. “I’m delighted they found a way to ameliorate some of the concerns of the community,” said Grodenchik. “I look forward to getting more information.” By Lisa L. Colangelo email@example.com @lisalcolangelo Lisa joined amNewYork as a staff writer in 2017. She previously worked at the New York Daily News and the Asbury Park Press covering politics, government and general assignment. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Residents plan ‘funeral’ for closed Rockaway BeachErosion on a strip of the Rockaway shoreline got worse after a series of storms in the winter and spring. Summer bummer: Part of Rockaway Beach to closeThe city plans to close the beach between Beach 91st and Beach 102nd streets. Thousands flock to the Rockaway Beach openingThe closed strip was patrolled by the NYPD and the Parks Department on Monday. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.