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October 2016


Sandy Anniversary Planting

TIME: Sunday, October 23rd, 2016, 11 AM- 1 PM

LOCATION: RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

For the four year anniversary of Storm Sandy, RWA is bringing people of all ages together to create a natural protective buffer for the Rockaway community.

 As we learned from the storm, the natural vegetation and dunes that exist off our shores served as a protective buffer to the homes and businesses that exist in these areas. Many of these dunes were compromised by the storm and need to be replenished to be effective.

Families and people of all ages are welcome to participate in this dune restoration project. Students can receive community service hours. No registration is required. This event is rain or shine, so please dress accordingly.

Special thanks to Surfrider Foundation, Patagonia, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and New York City Audubon for their support.


R+R Lecture Series: Climate Change and Sea Level Rise

TIME: Sunday, October 23rd, 2-4 PM
LOCATION: RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Please join us for the third installment of RWA's Recovery+Resiliency (R+R) Lecture Series. During this lecture we will discuss climate change and sea level rise and its affect on the Rockaways. the NYC chapter of the Surfrider Foundation will lead an interactive lecture focused on ocean friendly gardens.

This educational lecture is intended to foster a dialogue about environmental resiliency within the Rockaway community and beyond. Stay tuned for more upcoming R+R Lectures.  

This series is a NY Rising community center service provided in partnership with the Governor's Office of Storm Recovery.


November 2016


Rockaway Community Health Plan - Workshop II

TIME: Thursday, November 17th, 5 PM- 7:30 PM
LOCATION: RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Rockaway Waterfront Alliance (RWA) is hosting a collaborative process with local residents, community members and stakeholders at Rockaway Institute for a Sustainable Environment (RISE) to develop an action plan for improving the health and wellbeing of the Far Rockaway, Arverne and Edgemere communities. We invite community members to engage in this vital community planning process.

In 2014 the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, one of the nation's largest and oldest public health agencies, embarked on a multi-phased process aimed to mobilize communities to reach health improvement objective outlined in the Take Care New York 2020 Plan

Phase I identified priority issues in Far Rockaway, Arverne and Edgemere including: unmet mental health needs, unmet medical needs, violence, baby-friendly hospitals, high school graduations, controlled high blood pressure, sugary drinks and smoking. This Fall, RWA will lead the Phase II community engagement process with a diverse group of members and stakeholders to set the top healthy priorities and to develop a community health action plan.

Workshop II participants will set an action plan for addressing the chosen community health priorities. Health and local food and refreshments will be served for participants.

Click here for more information on the Rockaway community health action plan. 


Success Stories:

Meet Jadel

In 2007, Jadel participated in her first RWA program as a 7th grader at PS43. Through high school she has been a valuable contributor to our ongoing efforts and today she continues to work with us as a practicing intern while she attends college. Hear more about Jadel's story.