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The Daily Plant : Friday, August 11, 2000


Photograph by Malcolm (Cinema) Pinckney

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.

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."


"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 4 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

ParkTribute Park

Due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, this park is closed until further notice.

BeachesRockaway 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.

BeachesRockaway Beach and Boardwalk

Work is starting on the Rockaway Boardwalk Reconstruction Project. Read our April 2014 update for more information.
Anticipated Completion: Spring 2014

PlaygroundsSeba Playground

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

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