Congressman Bob Turner (NY-09) is pleased to announce the opening of the federal parking lot adjacent to the Rockaway Point Yacht Club for use throughout the Wounded Warriors Adaptive Water Sports Festival in Breezy Point, Queens following his work to help facilitate a solution between the National Park Service and the Wounded Warriors.
"I am pleased to announce that the federal parking lot adjacent to the Rockaway Point Yacht Club is now open for those participating in this weekend's Adaptive Water Sports Festival. Our wounded warriors have made great sacrifices and paid a great price serving our country. This event provides an escape from their every day rehabilitation. As a Breezy resident and a veteran myself, I could not allow a parking issue get in the way of this great event and was eager to help resolve the situation. I'd like to thank Maria Burks, commissioner of the National Parks of New York Harbor, for her efforts to make this happen, and Flip Mullen of the Wounded Warriors Project and Legends of Valor for bringing the issue to my office's attention. Thank you to everyone who has worked to help facilitate this event, and, of course, thank you to all the participating veterans who sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms and ideals."
In the past, the event has utilized the federal parking area adjacent to the Rockaway Point Yacht Club controlled by the Gateway National Recreation Area. This year, due to a communications oversight, the National Park Service initially denied access to the lot. After working with Congressman Turner's office, the involved parties came to a resolution and the NPS has authorized the opening of the gate to the federal lot.
Congressman Bob Turner represents New York's 9th Congressional district and serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and House Committee on Homeland Security.