McLaren Engineering Group provided inspection and engineering design services for the historically registered 1920’s-era boardwalk reconstruction at Playland Park in Rye, NY, after it was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. McLaren designed the restoration of the boardwalk using modern methods and materials while remaining sensitive to the park’s historic style and surrounding environment. From inspection to construction administration, McLaren was part of the process that helped the Playland Park North Boardwalk re-open as a public space in July 2018.
McLaren’s approach at the onset of the project was to implement a minimalist environmental impact approach due to the rare ecological resources contained at the site. With this in mind, our team of marine and site/civil engineers performed inspections, topographic surveys and geotechnical investigations at the site. Our marine structural and civil engineers studied alternatives, developed the design and assisted with regulatory permitting for this FEMA-funded project.
McLaren ultimately designed a more robust and resilient structure capable of withstanding the effects of future natural disasters. This was accomplished by analyzing potential storm wave and surge impacts, incorporating active and passive forms of damage mitigation into the coastline, and utilizing steel micropiles and concrete structural elements finished with timber decking to preserve the historic appearance.