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Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways

Highlights

Dr. John’s Playground

This playground honors Dr. John Elefterakis (1959-1997), a graduate of adjacent Public School 277, and a man dedicated to the Gerritsen Beach community. Dr. John, as he… Read More

Firefighter Christopher Bopp Triangle

Christopher Michael Bopp was born in Queens, New York on March 7, 1971. Several years after his birth, he and his family moved to East 31st Street in Brooklyn. There he… Read More

Four Sparrow Marsh - Invasive Phragmites

As one of the 20 most invasive plants in New York State, phragmites ( Phragmites australis ), also known as the common reed or “phrag,” have become a… Read More

Four Sparrow Marsh - Salt Marshes in New York City Parks

Salt marshes play a critical role in the support of human life, acting as natural filtration systems by trapping pollutants that would otherwise contaminate our bays and… Read More

Four Sparrow Marsh Preserve

Named by naturalists Ron and Jean Bourque, Four Sparrow Marsh Preserve is home to four native species which require undisturbed marshland for nesting: Sharptailed,… Read More

Fresh Creek Park - Invasive Phragmites

As one of the 20 most invasive plants in New York State, phragmites (Phragmites australis), also known as the common reed or "phrag," have become a ubiquitous… Read More

Fresh Creek Park - Salt Marshes in New York City Parks

Salt marshes play a critical role in the support of human life, acting as natural filtration systems by trapping pollutants that would otherwise contaminate our bays and… Read More

Gerritsen Ballfields

Gerritsen Beach is part of the greater neighborhood of Marine Park, and takes its name from Dutch colonist Wolphert Gerritsen, one of the first settlers of the land.… Read More

Gerritsen Creek

Marine Park occupies the westernmost inlet of Jamaica Bay. The bay itself was formed over the past five thousand years, as ocean currents deposited strips of sand along… Read More

Glaciers in Marine Park

The landscape of Marine Park clearly shows the influence of the most recent Ice Age. The park sits atop land left by a melting ice sheet. Around 1.5 million years ago,… Read More

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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

Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways Weather

  • Mon
    Sunny
    58°F
  • Tue
    Chance Showers
    62°F
  • Wed
    Slight Chc Showers
    61°F
  • Thu
    Sunny
    59°F

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