Laws & Policies
Gateway's Compendium: Park Rules and Regulations
National park laws and regulations are identified in the Code of Federal Regulations (Title 36: Parks, Forests and Public Property). In addition, each national parks complies an annual Compendium of rules which are subject to the discretionary authority of the park superintendent. These rules have the force of law and protect visitors and wildlife, making sure that parks can be enjoyed while park resources are preserved and maintained.
The Compendium includes:
Federal Laws and NPS Management Policies Governing Gateway
Gateway National Recreation Area was created by an act of Congress. The enabling legislation that created the park in 1972 defines the original scope and vision for the park.
Since Gateway is part of the National Park Service, NPS Management Policies govern what this park can and cannot do, along with the rest of the 401 United States national parks.
First and Second Amendment rights in national parks
Recent court rulings and changes in Congressional law have broadened how citizens may exercise their First Amendment and Second Amendment rights within national park boundaries. For more information, click the links above or to the right.
Did You Know?
Fort Wadsworth, located on Staten Island at the Narrows (next to the Verrazano Bridge), is one of the oldest military sites in the nation. This site has controlled the entrance to New York Harbor since the Washington administration.