How will COVID-19 affect my visit?

Gateway National Recreation Area is open, but there are some changes in operations

Season Passes (Sandy Hook and Riis Park):

Annual season passes will be sold once fee collections resume in June.

Picnic Areas:
All designated picnic-barbecuing areas are temporarily closed to the public until further notice.

  • Sandy Hook Guardian Park
  • Miller Field Picnic Area (permit)
  • Fort Tilden Picnic Area (permit)
  • Canarsie Pier Picnic Area
  • Jacob Riis Park Picnic Area

Picnicking outside of designated picnic-barbecuing areas:

  • Barbecuing is not allowed.
  • Group picnics are not allowed.

Sports Fields and Courts:

All Sports Fields and Courts are closed at all locations until further notice.

  • Miller Field
  • Fort Tilden
  • Jacob Riis Park
  • Frank Charles Park
  • Hamilton Beach
  • Fort Wadsworth

Archery:

Floyd Bennett Field Archery Range is closed until further notice.

Playgrounds:

All Playgrounds are closed until further notice.

Campgrounds:

All Campground locations are temporarily closed until further notice.

  • Fort Wadsworth Campground
  • Floyd Bennett Field Campground
  • Sandy Hook Campground

Permits:

Permits for events and activities are not currently being issued.

Fishing Permits:

2019 Fishing/Parking Permits will be honored in 2020 season until further notice. (Only 2020 4x4 permits are allowed at Breezy Point).

Visitor Centers, Ranger Stations and History Houses are closed until further notice. On-site programs are suspended until further notice.

Sandy Hook Operations and Temporary Changes in Service:

Current Hours of Operation:

5 am to 7 pm
Fees are not being collected but will resume in June.

MUP:

The Multiple Use Path is accessible for recreational use, such as biking, walking, and running.

Parking:

Parking is reduced to approximately 50% capacity.

Picnics:

Guardian Park Picnic Area is closed.
Barbecuing and group picnicking are not allowed within Sandy Hook at this time.

Camping:

Sandy Hook Campground is temporarily closed until further notice.

Bathrooms:

Limited port-a-johns are currently available at several locations.
Bathroom facilities will be available May 30.

Food Service:

Food service is currently not available.

Sports and group activities:

Group sports, group activities, and gatherings are not allowed.

Ferry Service:

Ferry Service is currently not available.

Fishing Permits:

2019 fishing permits will be honored for the 2020 season until further notice.

Beaches:

Sandy Hook Beaches are currently unprotected.
Lifeguards are expected to be on duty in mid-June.
The beach is accessible for passive recreation.

Current Beach Rules prohibit:

  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Tents or shelters (baby tents allowed, a baby or toddler must be present)
  • Barbecuing and open fires
  • Group gatherings including group picnics
  • Sports
  • Glass containers
  • Coolers that are more than 24 quarts in size per group.
  • Dogs and kites from March 15-September 15. (Leashed dogs are allowed on bay-side beaches)
  • Entering areas with symbolic fencing
  • Climbing on rocks/groins
  • Accessing the dunes (except at designated dune crossings)

Standard Operations:

  • Alcohol is prohibited except by permit.

  • Smoking is only permitted in designated parking areas.

  • Dogs must be leashed at all times, and are not allowed on the beach between March 15 and September 15.

  • Carry-in carry-out garbage policy is in effect.

Jamaica Bay Unit Operations and Temporary Changes in Service:

Current Hours of Operation:

9 pm closure for all locations.

Floyd Bennett Field:

Temporarily closed to the public until further notice.

Jacob Riis Park

Parking:

Parking is reduced to approximately 50% capacity.
Fees are not being collected but will resume in June.

Picnic Area:

The Jacob Riis Picnic Area is temporarily closed.
Barbecuing and group picnicking are currently not allowed within Jacob Riis Park.

Bathrooms:

Limited bathroom facilities will be available until further notice.

Sports and Group Activities:

Group sports, group activities, and gatherings are not permitted.
Sports courts are temporarily closed.

Playgrounds:

Playgrounds are temporarily closed.

Food Service:

Pick-up and delivery food service available. Congregating inside or immediately outside food service providers is prohibited.

Beach:

Jacob Riis Beach is currently closed to swimming and bathing.
Lifeguards will not be on duty until further notice.
The beach is accessible for passive recreation.

Current Beach Rules Prohibit:

  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Tents or shelters (baby tents allowed, a baby or toddler must be present)
  • Barbecuing and open fires
  • Group gatherings including group picnics
  • Sports
  • Glass containers
  • Coolers that are more than 24 quarts in size per group
  • Dogs and kites from March 15-September 15
  • Entering areas with symbolic fencing
  • Climbing on rocks/groins
  • Accessing the dunes (except at designated dune crossings)

Standard Operations:

  • Alcohol is prohibited throughout the park, except in designated areas or by permit.

  • Smoking is only permitted in designated parking areas.

  • Dogs must be leashed at all times.

Fort Tilden

Fort Tilden is accessible for passive recreation.

Bathrooms:
Limited port-a-johns are available.


Parking:

Fort Tilden is closed to un-authorized vehicular access.
Parking is typically not available within Fort Tilden except by permit from Memorial Day-Labor Day.
2019 Fishing Permits will be honored in 2020 season until further notice.

Picnic Area:

The Fort Tilden Group Picnic Area is temporarily closed.
Permits for the Fort Tilden Picnic Area will not be issued until further notice.
Barbecuing and group picnicking are currently not allowed within Fort Tilden.

Sports and group activities:

Group sports, group activities, and gatherings are not permitted.

Sports fields and courts are temporarily closed.

Fort Tilden Community Garden:

The Fort Tilden Community Garden is temporarily closed.
Special Use Permits for the Fort Tilden Community Garden are not being issued until further notice.

Beach:

Fort Tilden beach is unprotected. Swimming is not allowed.
The beach is accessible for passive recreation.

Current Beach Rules Prohibit:

  • Alcohol

  • Smoking
  • Tents or shelters (baby tents are allowed)
  • Barbecuing and open fires
  • Group gatherings including group picnics
  • Sports
  • Glass containers
  • Coolers that are more than 24 quarts in size per group
  • Dogs and kites from March 15-September 15
  • Entering areas with symbolic fencing
  • Climbing on rocks/groins
  • Accessing the dunes (except at designated dune crossings)

Canarsie Pier:

Hours of Operation:

9 pm closure.

Bathrooms:

Limited port-a-johns are available. Bathroom service available May 25.

Parking:

Parking is reduced to approximately 50% capacity.

Picnic Area:

The Canarsie Pier Picnic Area is temporarily closed.
Barbecuing and group picnicking are currently not allowed within Canarsie Pier.

Staten Island Unit Temporary Changes in Service:

Current Hours of Operation:

9 pm closure for all locations.

Great Kills Park

Great Kills Ranger Station:

Temporarily Closed

MUP:

The Multiple Use Path is accessible for recreational use, such as biking, walking, and running.

Boat Launch:

The boat launch is available for use. Parking in the boat launch parking area is by permit only. 2019 permits are being honored for the 2020 season until further notice.

Great Kills Park Beach:

Great Kills Park Beach is currently closed to swimming.
Lifeguards will not be on duty until further notice.
The beach is open for recreational activities, such as walking and running.

Fishing/Parking Permits:

2019 Fishing/Parking Permits will be honored in 2020 season until further notice.

Bathrooms:

Bathrooms are available at the Beach Center and limited port-a-johns are available throughout Great Kills Park.

Playgrounds:

Playgrounds are temporarily closed.

Current Beach Rules prohibit:

  • Alcohol

  • Smoking

  • Tents or shelters (baby tents are allowed)

  • Barbecuing and open fires

  • Group gatherings including group picnics

  • Sports

  • Glass containers

  • Coolers that are more than 24 quarts in size per group

Miller Field:

Miller Field Ranger Station:

Temporarily Closed

Picnic Area:

The Miller Field Group Picnic Area is temporarily closed.
Special Use Permits for the Miller Field Picnic Area are not being issued until further notice.

Bathroom facilities:

Currently not available.

Sports Fields and Courts:

Sports Fields and Courts are temporarily closed and are not available for group play.

Playgrounds:

Playgrounds are temporarily closed.

Community Garden:

The Miller Field Community Garden is temporarily closed.
Special Use permits for the Miller Field Community Garden are not being issued until further notice.

Fort Wadsworth:

The Overlook is available for relaxation views of New York Harbor and Battery Weed. Fort Wadsworth is accessible for passive recreation, including biking and walking.

Fort Wadsworth Visitor Center:
Temporarily Closed. All programs and tours are temporarily suspended.

Picnicking:
Barbecuing and group picnicking are not allowed within the Campground area or elsewhere within Fort Wadsworth.

Campground:
The campground is temporarily closed until further notice.
Barbecuing and group picnicking are not allowed within the Campground area.

Playgrounds:

Playgrounds are temporarily closed.

Bathroom facilities:

Porta-johns available next to Visitor Center. Bathrooms currently unavailable.

Sports Fields and Courts:

Sports fields and courts are temporarily closed and are not available for group play.

Fishing Permits:

2019 Fishing Permits for parking will be honored in 2020 season until further notice.






Last updated: May 29, 2020

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210 New York Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305

Phone:

(718) 354-4606

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