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Jamaica Bay Park

Mott Basin to the City Line

Queens

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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

Jamaica Bay is an 18,000-acre wetland estuary surrounded by the Rockaway Peninsula to the South, Brooklyn to the West, and Queens to the East. Comprising an area almost equal to that of Manhattan, the bay consists of numerous islands, a labyrinth of waterways, meadowlands, and two freshwater ponds. The wetlands provide a unique environment for both wildlife preservation and urban recreation. Enclosed by the Rockaway Peninsula and protected from the Atlantic Ocean, the region currently hosts over 325 species of birds, 50 species of butterflies, and 100 species of finfish. A favorite stop for migratory waterfowl, the area is an integral part of the larger, regional ecosystem. One of New York City's most extraordinary natural resources, Jamaica Bay remains highly undeveloped.

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Jamaica Bay Park Tree Planting

Trees provide many benefits to New Yorkers such as improved air and water quality, reduced pollution, and lower energy...

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Jamaica Bay Park Weather

  • Sat
    Mostly Cloudy then Chance Light Rain
    55°F
  • Sun
    Chance Light Rain
    41°F
  • Mon
    Rain Likely
    53°F
  • Tue
    Chance Rain
    56°F

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