Above demonstrates, that within this defined space located between Ocean Parkway and Bay Parkway, a circuit surrounded by elevated grandstands is possible. - Function follows form.
Of course, the venue can be expanded further west, beyond the venue perimeter (footprint) indicated above, logically creating both a larger venue, and, an even greater amount of new parkland, for public recreation.
(A more traditional circuit can also be realized here at Jones Beach, by simply incorporating the southern roadway of Bay Parkway, widening it, and re-landscaping the surrounding areas.)
In all cases, a dynamic F1 circuit here at Jones Beach, which promotes overtaking (passing), is possible. An American-centric circuit, within this beautiful oceanfront environment, compact, and surrounded by elevated grandstands, allowing the race to be visible to the majority of spectators, is ideal.
With that thought in mind, overtaking (passing) when it happens, typically happens on the either the long straights or at turns, and when overtaking does happen, it literally electrifies anyone who is watching.
It does not matter which team or driver is in the lead, if the leader of the race is 20-30 seconds ahead of the next race car, well, it may be fun to watch, but there really isn't much of a race. In addition, an enormous amount of "excitement potential", which would otherwise contribute to a globally memorable race, is lost.
F1 can implement a more level playing field, which would logically promote greater overtaking. However, it is precisely within such a circuit, where a high frequency of overtaking is possible, and actually visible to the majority of spectators, means F1 can put the race, back into the race, and keep spectators, and global television audiences at the edge of their seat.
Within the context of bringing F1 to NY, it is perfectly clear that F1 likes street races and permanent facilities; however, both of theses venue types lack race visibility, while the Jones Beach venue offers visibility.
Other solutions to bring F1 to New York or the NY Tri State Area exist, such as a street race in Manhattan, other boroughs, in New Jersey, or permanent venues like Watkins Glenn, and the Monticello Motor Club.
Of course, a second permanent facility akin to the Circuit of the Americas is also a possibility in America. But not likely, within the NY Tri State Area, since 1000+ acres of either undeveloped land or land slated for redevelopment, would be improved for commercial or residential use.
Therefore, residential dwellings within close proximity to a circuit will remain an issue, not an insurmountable issue, but an issue nevertheless. Conversely, the closest home to the proposed circuit at Jones Beach is 2.6 miles / 4.2 km away to the west, 2.9 miles / 4.7 km to the north, and 5.5 miles / 8.8 km miles to the east.
Furthermore, Jones Beach hosts the annual AIR Show, so there is an historical precedent for noise.
There is no comparison between the proposed venue at Jones Beach and the Las Vegas races from 1981 to 1984. The former is a beautiful, oceanfront venue, dotted with Art-Deco buildings and a monument. The latter, a casino parking lot in the middle of the desert.
The benefits of Jones Beach to the owners, teams, sponsors, and fans of F1, completely outweigh any negative aspects, which may exist within this proposed venue.
Yes, there are parking fields here (not lots) comprised of only the western half of field 4 to the east, and field 3, middle, which spans the width of the immediate venue. However, only a relatively small amount of the circuit actually runs through them, as the majority of the circuit is clearly on parkland, or existing roadways. - see above.
In addition, with the all the parking lines removed, the uniformly asphalt-covered fields within the immediate circuit perimeter, would be divided by acres of grass-covered parkland, therefore they will not look like parking lots.
In fact, the overall appearance and perspective of this venue, from either the ground or the air, will be one of an extraordinary F1 venue immersed in nature.
The realization of a temporary race venue at Jones Beach amounts to little more than the re-grading and re-landscaping of the following areas.
The area highlighted above in yellow, represents approximately 100 acres, which is up to 5+ feet (1.5+ meters) lower than the roadway area highlighted in blue.
This proposed circuit allows for public thu-traffic during race weekend, from the Meadowbrook, Wantagh, and Ocean Parkways in all directions, by utilizing the existing traffic patterns comprised of Bay Parkway, and the existing exit ramps & turnarounds.
Only in the event maxi-grandstands are used north of the circuit, would traffic on Bay Parkway be prohibited.
If much larger maxi-grandstands are used north of the circuit, then Bay Parkway would have be closed, and public thru-traffic would be prohibited during any event in which the grandstands are in use.
However, non-event traffic could be prohibited during peak times, in which the venue is filling or emptying.
(Note: This proposed venue creates near zero-impact to the boardwalk and beach going experience.)
At this depth, there is sufficient vertical space to apply multiple layers of special asphalt, and sub-surface materials if needed, to form the circuit surface, while constituting the new asphalt surface of the parking lots themselves.
(Note: If needed, a thick, protective layer encapsulating the existing concrete parking lots can be added. Parking lot lines can be removed and replaced annually.)
Within these acres of newly formed parkland, a ribbon of asphalt would be laid forming the rest of the circuit. Thus, serving a dual-function, as the circuit during the race event, but also as a promenade-like, paved surface for walking, running, and biking the rest of the year. Adding to the park a considerable amount of hard-surface for public recreation.
Acccess points, parking lots, and the sections of paved surface, would be interconnected by wide, modular walkways for public use. Temporary modular walkways allow for flexibility in both their placement and direction.
The existing areas of grass and vegetation in between fields 3 & 4, and to the west of field 3, would simply be re-graded to the general height (elevation) of the re-graded asphalt covered parking lots. Then, re-landscaped with resistant hybrid grass, to form acres of new, green parkland.
Re-grading and elevating these areas greatly increases permeability, but also allows for installation of drainage, which could be added beneath all the newly re-graded and elevated surfaces, then pitched west towards the undeveloped land.
Alternately, all re-graded surfaces could be pitched north and south towards a drainage system at the perimeter of these areas, then pitched west, allowing water to drain to the low-lying undeveloped land.
(Note: The New York State Jones Beach Revitalization Plan has converted, and foresees converting acres of land for public recreation. This proposal simply involves converting a greater quantity of land for public use.)
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