BY ANGELA MATUA
The first of the final workshops for the Jamaica Bay Greenway Implementation will take place this week.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) will be adding bike lanes to the 11-mile bike path that connects Brooklyn and Queens.
The additions are a result of resident calls for an expansion to Ozone Park to connect the greenway to the soccer and baseball fields on Conduit Avenue.
Currently, the greenway runs through Howard Beach, Broad Channel and the Rockaways and across the Marine Park Bridge to Brooklyn.
The DOT proposed using 155th Avenue or 156th Avenue to connect Ozone Park to the greenway and also plans to improve existing bike lanes including the lane that connects the Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Bridge to the Belt Parkway in Howard Beach.
A workshop will take place in Howard Beach on Wednesday, May 13, at Old Mill Yacht Club located at 163-15 Cross Bay Blvd.
Rockaway and Broad Channel workshops will take place on Thursday, May 21, at Knights of Columbus at 333 Beach 90th St., Rockaway Beach.
Marine Park and Sheepshead Bay workshops will take place at Carmine Carro Community Center located at 3000 Fillmore Ave. on Wednesday, June 3.
The last workshops at Canarsie and Spring Creek are scheduled for Wednesday, June 10, at P.S. 272 at 101-24 Seaview Ave.
All workshops will be held at 6:30 p.m.
According to the DOT, the final report will outline community preferences for route selection and enhancement projects, prioritize proposed connector routes and long-term projects, and serve as a tool to increase awareness of and support for the Greenway among residents and political leaders.