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FACA group to consider Fort Hancock's future

Gateway's Fort Hancock has a rich past going back to the Spanish-American War. What will its future be in the 21st century?
Gateway's Fort Hancock served the nation as an Army post for decades. What role can these historic structures serve today?
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News Release Date: April 20, 2012
Contact: Reina T. Becnel, 718-354-4607

Nominations are being accepted for the Gateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee. The committee will advise the Secretary of the Interior on the development of a reuse plan and on future uses of the Fort Hancock Historic Landmark District, part of Gateway's Sandy Hook Unit.

"We are looking for a dynamic, creative and diverse group of people to develop a shared vision and plan for this wonderful historic area," said Superintendent Linda Canzanelli. She stated that the formation of this committee illustrates the park's commitment and passion for the preservation and wise development of Fort Hancock.

The group is being formed under the authority of the Federal Advisory Committee Act and will meet four to six times annually and at such times as designated by the park superintendent. The Secretary of the Interior will select committee members, who will serve without compensation. Travel costs may be reimbursable in compliance with federal travel regulations. Details can be found in the Federal Register.

Nominations must be received by Thursday, May 3, 2012 and include a resume listing the nominee's name, title, address, telephone, email and fax number. Nominations can be mailed to the park headquarters or applicants can e-mail us.

About Gateway National Recreation Area

Established in 1972, Gateway National Recreation Area offers more than 26,000 acres of marshes, wildlife sanctuaries and recreational athletic facilities, miles of sandy beaches; indoor and outdoor classrooms; picnicking and camping areas, as well as historic structures and military installations, airfields, a lighthouse, and adjacent waters around New York harbor. For information about Gateway's upcoming public programs, see http://www.nps.gov/gate/index.htm

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Did You Know?

World War I recruiting poster for the Coastal Artillery Corps.

All of Gateway NRA's units include sites that defended New York Harbor from attacks from the sea, from the Revolutionary War through World War II. They are Fort Hancock, Fort Tilden, and Fort Wadsworth. Learn about the history of coastal defense by visiting any of these sites. More...