One part of the Coney Island redo that might not get bogged down in political fighting and (possible) lawsuits until the some in the next decade is Steeplechase Plaza. The plan to create a 2.2 acre plaza around the iconic Parachute Jump moved forward yesterday with the selection of a EDAW and the Rockwell Group to create a design and plan for the plaza, which is named after the famous amusement park demolished by Fred Trump in the 1960s. The plaza could include an open-air stage, restaurants, a restored B&B Carousel, some amusement rides and, possibly, a skateboard park. (The rendering above is an early concept. Actual results will vary significantly.) A design for a pavilion was picked way back in 2005. Rockwell produced renderings of the city's latest Coney Island plan. The $4 million planning and design phase of the plaza, which is billed as an "entertainment nexus of the Boardwalk," will take about 12 months. As for the rest of the process, who knows.
· Firm tapped for Steeplechase Plaza [NYDN]
· Team Selected to Design New Coney Island Steeplechase Plaza [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]
· Skating and Sailing Beneath Coney Wonder Wheel? [Curbed]