Friday, May 16, 2014

Jamaica Bay, Gateway plans to be unveiled

From The Forum:

The National Park Service has released its final general management plan and environmental impact statement for Gateway National Recreational Area, which includes such areas as Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and Howard Beach’s Charles Park, and announced it is backing a plan that includes a variety of recreational activities in South Queens, including hiking trails, bicycles infrastructure, and camping.

The recommendation follows four years of federal parks representatives working with area civic leaders, elected officials, and residents. The public now has a little less than 30 days to read the final proposal, which is almost certain to become greenlighted within the month.

While the adoption of the plan is most certainly a reality, the implementation of it is not, area residents stressed, noting that many of the proposals put forth in the National Park Service’s general management plan from more than 30 years ago never came to fruition.

Still, Gateway National Recreation Area Superintendent Jennifer Nersesian wrote in a letter to the community that NPS hopes to see much, if not all, of the plan become a reality, sooner or later.

“As the life of this GMP is expected to be 20 years, it may be many years before some of the projects in this plan are funded and implemented,” she wrote.

Among the initiatives detailed in the plan are such “improved amenities and recreation facilities” as trails and campsites, more community-based recreation such as sports leagues and event spaces, environmental educational programming, development of water trails, and expansion of beach access.

Residents will have a chance to learn more about the type of public use being proposed for Gateway National Park at the next Jamaica Bay Greenway Coalition meeting, which is scheduled for Saturday, May 17 at 10:30 a.m. at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.


JQ said...

that picture of the bench and shelter is the only new thing they built there in the last 20 years.Also the giant cables in the water close to the shore.

the baseball fields in charles park are disgusting.worms won't go there.

And for the past few summers there have been hundreds of dead geese and gulls all over the broad channel bridge and the beach area.

Why do they hate south queens so much?

Maybe after sandy and the storm a few weeks ago has the parks dept. thinking that maybe it will swallowed by the ocean soon.

Anonymous said...

Funny how Jimmy ("We hardly know ya Sonny") Van Bramer is trying to pave over as much as he can while his wife is doing a documentary on 'saving' Jamaica Bay.