• 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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    National Recreation Area NY,NJ

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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.

Fighting Fire at Great Kills Park

The blaze burned 145 acres of the park.

The blaze burned 145 acres of the park.

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Great Kills Park, part of the Staten Island Unit of Gateway NRA, caught fire on September 8, 2010. The fires burned grasslands and shrubs and threatened both park structures and neighborhoods bordering the park.

Fire Department New York (FDNY) came to the aid of National Park Service firefighters from five different parks in the Northeast Region: Acadia, Cape Cod, Delaware Water Gap, Statue of Liberty and Gateway, including personnel and equipment from the park's Sandy Hook Unit.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The blaze burned 145 acres of park property was contained within park boundaries by FDNY and NPS crews keeping nearby neighborhoods from burning as well as saving park structures. (NOTE: This map takes awhile to download. Please be patient.)

For more details about the fire, check out our press releases during and after the fire.

 
Along with FDNY, NPS crews from five different parks kept the blaze from spreading outside the park.
Along with FDNY, NPS crews from five different parks kept the blaze from spreading outside the park.
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The fire threatened several houses bordering the park.
The fire threatened several houses bordering the park.
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Did You Know?

Aeiral view of the eastern portion of Jamaica Bay

At approximately 32 square miles and over 13000 acres, Jamaica Bay is the largest natural open space in New York City.