Groups Sue to Save Wooden Coney Island Boardwalk

The parks department found it was too expensive to maintain and replace the deteriorating board with wood

Friday, Jul 13, 2012  |  Updated 7:58 AM EDT
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Advocacy groups concerned about saving the wooden Coney Island boardwalk have filed a lawsuit to stop the city from tearing up a five-block section and replacing it with concrete and plastic.     

The suit claims that the plan was not subjected to the necessary state and city environmental review.     

It also contends that the 60,000-foot section in Brighton Beach is a test for renovations of the remaining 2.7-mile-long boardwalk.     

The parks department found it was too expensive to maintain and replace the deteriorating board with wood, according to The New York Times.

It planned to use recycled plastic that looks like wood with a concrete center strip.     

The parks department said it was reviewing the lawsuit. It declined further comment.     

The advocacy groups include the Coney-Brighton Boardwalk Alliance.

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