We're Interested in Hearing From You

Rangers study the health of different populations of wildlife in the park, Gateway NRA.

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How To Submit Comments

Learn more about the how you can send in your comments on the questions below.

What Do You Think?

  • What are your ideas for how NPS can best protect these special natural areas and resources?
  • Who do you think should help protect the woods, wildlife and waters at Gateway?
  • What do you think should be the park’s role in helping people get to these different places at Gateway?
  • What kinds of experiences do you think should be available for people of different ages?
  • What place does new technology have in connecting the park with new audiences?
  • What do you enjoy most about the activities at the park now?
  • What types of activities should continue in the future?

Planning Challenges

In the early stages of a GMP, NPS staff discuss the most pressing challenges they feel the GMP should address as well as ideas for making the park a better place. Sharing these assumptions and ideas with you is a critical first step in ensuring that we are on the right track. Here are some of the topics that we are interested in hearing from you:

Keys to Protection

Gateway has many kinds of natural resources such as wildlife, beaches, marshes, and woods. Sometimes these resources experience changes from natural events, such as hurricanes. Everyday activities of people and industries nearby also have daily impacts that can accumulate over the years. If there are too many negative changes or activities, these natural places and the wildlife in them experience stress that may cause lasting problems.

• What are your ideas for how NPS can best protect these special natural areas and resources?
• Who do you think should help protect the woods,wildlife and waters at Gateway?

Help Us Get Visitors Here From There

There are three different areas of the park in New Jersey and New York that are separated by many miles. People visit these places by different forms of transportation— bus, ferry, train, car, and boat. Sometimes when people arrive at these places, they can be confused about what to see and do and how to move to another park area.

• What do you think should be the park’s role in helping people get to these different places at Gateway?
• When you arrive at one of these sites, how should NPS greet you and explain the many options for enjoying the place?

Something for Everyone

One of the reasons that Gateway was created by Congress was so you could enjoy many types of recreational activities for play and relaxation in natural settings. Over the years, these activities grew into new and different uses beyond natural areas, sometimes creating conflicts among people and groups and damaging these places.

• What do you enjoy most about the activities at the park now?
• What types of activities should continue in the future?

Share Your Stories and Experience Cultures

There are many fascinating stories that can help people understand the different areas at Gateway. Many people who visit the park live in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, a region with great diversity. The technology of the web literally has the world also at our fingertips. The support of the next generation is fundamental to securing the next twenty years and beyond of national park stewards. Youth engagement programs seek to connect children from all walks of life to the park and to empower them as caretakers of their park lands.

• What kinds of engaging, educational and exciting experiences do you think should be available at the park for people of different ages and backgrounds?
• How do you think people who are unable to physically visit the park can learn about and experience this place?
• What place does new technology have in connecting the park with new audiences?

Help Gateway Go Green

Every day, NPS staff works hard to maintain hundreds of historic and modern structures throughout the park, some of which are unused and in poor condition. At the same time, Gateway is working to be a leader in keeping the park “green” by using less energy and fuel.

• What do you think the park should do with all these buildings and structures?
• What ideas do you have for helping create a more “green” park?

 
Marshes provide critical habitat for species that live in the park.

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Cannon at Fort Hancock, Sandy Hook, Gateway National Recreation Area.

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