Milburn boat launch to get a makeover

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The improvements, according to the county, will include:

 A structural replacement of the bulkhead, including new vinyl sheeting, deadmen anchors, timber piles, wales and tie-rods.

 A new parking area next to the approximately 800-foot-long boardwalk. Also, the existing boat trailer parking area will be resurfaced with permeable pavement. This will reduce the storm water runoff into Milburn Creek, because rainwater will be absorbed directly into the ground.

 A new boardwalk, made of Brazilian ipe wood, also called Brazilian walnut or lapacho, a splinter-resistant, dense hardwood that has been used on the Jones Beach and Long Beach boardwalks.

 New lighting and fixtures throughout the parking lot and up the footpath that leads to Merrick Road.

 In addition to the floating docks and ramps, a handicapped-accessible kayak launch will be installed. This will connect to the South Shore Blueway Trail, a 40-mile multi-jurisdictional looping trail for non-motorized boating throughout the South Shore bays.

Other features include new plantings; stamped concrete retaining walls; benches and trash receptacles. Other drainage and storm water quality improvements will be made as well, including vegetated drainage swales, perforated drainage pipes and catch basin inserts.

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