• Get away to Gateway, where you can camp and stay healthy with heart-smart activities. Photo by Sebastiano Privitera; used by permission.


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  • Sand Replenishment at Jacob Riis Park Beach

    Sand replenishment at Jacob Riis Park Beach has begun. During this project, sections of the beach will be closed to the public for their safety. Replenishment is expected to take up to two weeks.

  • The Floyd Bennett Field Archery Range will be closed on October 22

    Sections of the archery range parking lot will be excavated by the Army Corps of Engineers, to remove defunct fuel lines. The archery range will reopen October 23.

The Sandy Hook Proving Ground

Standing at the proof battery c. 1910.

Two soldiers pose at the Proof Battery, c. 1900.

NPS/Gateway NRA Museum Collection and U.S. Army

The Sandy Hook Proving Ground was the first U.S. Army Proving Ground. It was established in 1874 to test new weaponry. In 1919, it moved to Aberdeen, Maryland.

For more detailed information on the Sandy Hook Proving Ground, click here.

The Sandy Hook Proving Ground is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark.

View the Fort Hancock and Sandy Hook Proving Ground Historic District Nomination Form.

View the Historic Resource Study, Sandy Hook Proving Ground 1874-1919.

View the Officers Club Building 114, Historic Structures Report.


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Volunteers restoring historic aircraft

Each year some 4,000 Volunteers-in-Parks contribute over 80,000 hours of their time to protect Gateway's natural and historical resources and assist visitors. More...