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The National Park Service is pleased to announce the availability of the Final General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement for Gateway National Recreation Area. The public release of the Final GMP/EIS will be followed by a 30-day waiting period. After that time the Northeast Regional Director will sign the Record of Decision to document the selected alternative. Discovering Gateway, also known as Alternative B, was chosen as the vision to shape this park's future as we navigate the 21st century and work to create an even greater urban national park.
"This plan envisions a Gateway with greater visitor opportunities to recreate, experience nature and engage in our shared history and heritage", said Jennifer T. Nersesian, park superintendent. "Through improved access and circulation in and among park sites and increased availability of activities such as camping and kayaking, overnight lodgin, and educational opportunities, we will achieve a world-class national park experience in the midst of the most densely populated and diverse region in the country. Gateway's time has arrived."
Gateway National Recreation Area is one of the first units of the National Park Service (NPS) specifically intended to serve the needs of its urban residents. Its beaches, marshes, bike paths and historic sites are great places to have fun and enjoy the outdoors. The park's natural environment also provides critical habitat for a diversity of birds and wildlife.
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. The park offers urban residents in two states a wide range of recreational opportunities year round. Gateway is one of the ten most visited national parks in the country. For information about Gateway's upcoming public programs, see the park's Web site at http://www.nps.gov/gate/index.htm.To join the conversation about Gateway, like us on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Gatewaynps.