Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways
The Daily Plant : Friday, September 5, 2008
This Weekend In Parks
FOREST PARK 35th ANNUAL PARK FAIR
It's fun for the whole family! Raffles, games, and nature walks will be hosted in Queen’s Forest Park by the Urban Park Rangers on Saturday, September 6. Meet at the Buddy Monument at the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Park Lane South.
RICHMOND COUNTY FAIR
Join in the festivities, entertainment, fabulous food, contests, crafts, exhibits, shopping, and living history demonstrations that are the best in New York City. The fun begins Friday evening with exciting amusement rides and a free family movie at 8:00 p.m. The fair runs on Saturday, September 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and will be featuring Flying Trapeze act, Robinson's Racing Pigs, pony rides, and the Skin & Bones Comedy Circus. Visit Dora the Explorer and her cousin Diego at the Time Warner Cable booth. Entertainment included with admission includes "Beatlemania," one of the best Beatles cover bands around. You'll hear and see other great entertainment by SteveSongs, the Nashville Attitude, Vito Picone and the Elegants, Live Music by Paris--and many more! This event is located in Historic Richmond Town (441 Clarke Avenue) on Staten Island. Contact (718) 351-1611 for more information.
NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN: MOORE IN AMERICA
Experience this landmark exhibition of works by internationally acclaimed sculptor Henry Moore and the first major single-venue outdoor installation of the artist's work in the United States. Open on Saturday, September 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Located at Bronx River Parkway (Exit 7W) and Fordham Road. Contact (718) 817-8700.
GREAT JAZZ ON THE GREAT HILL
This event has moved to an indoor location due to weather, but is the same fun, family event! Great Jazz on the Great Hill will take place on Saturday, September 6, from 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. in Hosack Hall, at The New York Academy of Medicine, located on 103rd Street and Fifth Avenue (enter at 103rd Street). Doors open at 1:00 p.m. - come early; seats are limited! Join us for a family swing dance workshop with Clyde Wilder at 1:00 p.m. and then enjoy a groovy afternoon of jazz music beginning at 2:00 p.m. Musical performances by the Jimmy Heath Big Band, the Wycliffe Gordon Septet, the Akiko Tsuruga Quartet, Alexis Cole, and more. This event is co-presented by the Central Park Conservancy and Jazzmobile, Inc. This event is free, for all ages, and advance registration not required. Call (212) 860-1370 for more information.
CELEBRATE GRANDPARENTS’ DAY
Sunday, September 7 is Grandparents’ Day! Started in 1978, the goal of this nationally recognized day is to educate the young in the community about the important contributions senior citizens have made. What better way to spend time with grandma and grandpa than to bring them on a leisurely stroll on the Marine Park nature trail, led by an Urban Park Ranger. Meet at the Salt Marsh Nature Center in Marine Park, at East 33rd Street and Avenue U in Brooklyn. Contact (718) 421-2021 for more information.
Eco-Tip of the Day
Don’t take the ATM receipt.
ATM receipts are one of the top sources of litter on the planet.
QUOTATION FOR THE DAY
“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.”
(384 BC-322 BC)
Directions to Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways
Know Before You Go
There are currently 3 service interruptions affecting access within this park.
Due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, this park is closed until further notice.
Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk
The area of Rockaway Beach from Beach 116th Street to Beach 109th Street will be temporarily closed as the US Army Corps of Engineers begins sand moving operations. Once work begins in this area, we expect the closure to last approximately one week.
More information about the Army Corps’ work to replenish Rockaway Beach is available on their NY District website.
Seba Playground will be closed to reconstruct the current Seba Tot Lot into a playground for children of all ages. The new design will enlarge the toddler area by adding a custom spray shower, seating, and two new tot play units. Additional play spaces will also be added for 5 to 12 year olds, and will include a large accessible play unit, a second spray shower and seating area. These two play areas will be joined by 15 additional swings for both age groups. The site will also feature an accessible drinking fountain, attractive plantings, and a bicycle rack.
Anticipated Completion: Spring 2014
Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways Weather
- This Weekend In Parks
- Army Corps Awards $26.4 Million Second Sand Pumping Contract For Post-Sandy Rockaway Beach Restoration As First Contract Sand Starts Pumping
- New Bicycle And Kayak Rental Concession Selected For Jamaica Bay
- Nature Crafts
- Hike the Trails of North Forty Natural Area
- Nature Exploration Hike: Salt Marsh (light)
- MillionTreesNYC Spring Stewardship Day
- Protect Your Beach: Plant Beach Grass With NYC Parks
- Barbecuing Areas
- Baseball Fields
- Basketball Courts
- Bicycling and Greenways
- Bocce Courts
- Cricket Fields
- Dog-friendly Areas
- Fitness Equipment
- Football Fields
- Golf Courses
- Handball Courts
- Hiking Trails
- Kayak/Canoe Launch Sites
- Model Aircraft Fields
- Nature Centers
- Paddleboat Rentals
- Roller Hockey
- Skate Parks
- Soccer Fields
- Spray Showers
- Tennis Courts
- Volleyball Courts
- Wi-Fi Hot Spots
Know when to go:
View upcoming athletic area usage in
Beach 9 Playground
Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk
Rockaway Beach Boardwalk
Rockaway Community Park
Spring Creek Park