Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways
The Daily Plant : Friday, August 11, 2000
A NATURAL PARTNERSHIP: PARKS AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TEAM UP AT SALT MARSH NATURE CENTER
Mayor Rudolph (Eagle) Giuliani, Deputy Mayor Rudy (Cobra) Washington, Commissioner Henry J. (StarQuest) Stern, Council Member Herbert (Merlin) Berman, Terry (Dead Pirate) Garcia of the National Geographic Society, local dignitaries and schoolchildren were on hand for a celebration of the new Salt Marsh Nature Center in Marine Park, Brooklyn on Thursday, August 10. This newly opened facility has brought remarkable new life into Marine Park and its surrounding community. Over 8700 visitors have already enjoyed the center's services and attendance is increasing every week.
There was even more good news to celebrate. The National Geographic Society-the oldest and most prestigious scientific and educational organization in the world-has pledged $200,000 for the Urban Park Rangers to create an "Explorer Program" and launch a Junior Ranger program at the Salt Marsh Nature Center. The "Explorer" program will offer the Marine Park community top quality environmental education, and recreation activities, including hiking, tracking, canoeing, fishing, birding, art, and photography. The Junior Ranger program will provide opportunities and incentives to turn this community's youngsters into urban naturalists.
The Salt Marsh Nature Center is the first nature center to receive the support of the National Geographic Society. Both Parks and the National Geographic Society hope that the success of the partnership at Salt Marsh will enable such programs to be expanded to the many other nature centers in New York City's parks.
THIRTEEN YEARS AGO IN THE PLANT
Friday, August 14, 1987
Under picture-perfect skies, over 200 youngsters gathered with parents and local elected officials at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Benninger Playground in Queens. The site was recently restored at a cost of $623,000. "This is the first time I've ever been to a dedication ceremony where the playground was named after a Parks Commissioner other than Robert Moses," said Commissioner Stern. "What an honorable distinction."
QUOTATION FOR THE DAY
"No question is ever settled Until it is settled right."
Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919)
Directions to Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways
Know Before You Go
There are currently 2 service interruptions affecting access within this park.
Due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, this park is closed until further notice.
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
- 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
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