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The National Park Service (NPS) announced today that sand replenishment at Jacob Riis Park Beach in Gateway National Recreation Area has begun.The beach sand replacement project will provide approximately 200,000 cubic yards of sand for the one-mile shoreline segment.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, (Corps) has partnered with the NPS to design and implement the project, which is expected to return Riis Beach to its pre-Sandy condition.
During the replenishment project, sections of the beach will be closed to public for their safety. Replenishment is expected to take up to two weeks. Those planning on visiting Riis Beach during this time are advised to visit Gateway National Recreation's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Gatewaynps) for the most up-to-date information.
Located in Queens on the Rockaway Peninsula between Beach 149th and Beach 169th Streets, the Riis Beach project provides an extension of ongoing and similar sand replenishment work performed by the Corps for New York City.
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 10 most visited national parks in the country. For information about Gateway's upcoming public programs, see the park's Web site at https://www.nps.gov/gate/index.htm.To join the conversation about Gateway, like us on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Gatewaynps.