There was some good news and some bad news at last night’s RIOC Board meeting. First up was the Helix. After ten weeks of construction, all small repairs have been done, but there was more damage than anticipated.
The bad news: it is not expected to be complete until the end of July.
The good news: based upon an engineering report they received, RIOC believes they will be able to achieve a 45% reduction in traffic. They also plan to add make some changes where pedestrian access is concerned, including adding more effective signage.
RFP’s for Octagon field are expected to go out in the fall with the hope that construction will start after their permitting season ends, after Thanksgiving. Plans so far include turf replacement, renovations to the comfort station, addition of seating, and new lighting to create other opportunities for use around the field, specifically the south east corner.
Roosevelt Island Day is June 16. The schedule of activities for the day include a petting zoo, pony rides, and live music.
The Tram platform repair work has resumed and will continue for a maximum of 30 days.
The Youth Center will close for repair all summer, and instead, older Island youth will be able to use the second floor of the Sportspark. RIOC will offer a summer basketball league, and a gardening program as well as teen nights where the space will be open between 5-10pm.
RIOC has a meeting scheduled next week with Motivate, citibike operator, to do an Island walkthrough for possible citibike locations and to assess costs.
On July 4, the barges will once again be in the East River. RIOC has had a kick-off meeting with Cornell Tech about the event as well as Four Freedoms. So far it looks like they will do ticketing for the event like they have in prior years.