NYC Parks News copyright © 2016 NYC Department of Parks and Recreation http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/newsroom.html NYC Department of Parks & Recreation en-us Wed, 01 Jun 2016 02:02:30 GMT NYC Parks News 25 25 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/newsroom.html http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/parks_leaf_thumb.gif <![CDATA[Major Habitat Restoration And Trail Development Project Gets Underway This Fall In Marine Park]]> dailyplant23521 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/daily_plants/daily_plant_main.php?id=23521 Project partners include NYC Parks, the Natural Areas Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, and Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy

This fall, NYC Parks, the Natural Areas Conservancy (NAC), The Nature Conservancy, and the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC) kicked off a large-scale habitat restoration and park improvement project in Marine Park, Brooklyns largest park. Scheduled for completion in 2017, the project will improve the parks ecologically unique forest by planting thousands of native trees and shrubs and create a new, formalized trail network for hikers, recreational walkers and birdwatchers. The development of the new trail network will be guided by scientific data, as well as recent surveys that studied the interests and preferences of park visitors.

NYC Parks looks forward to continuing the important work we have been doing in Marine Park with our partners at the Natural Areas Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, and in the community, said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. This is a beloved open space in Brooklyn and improving its accessibility and sustainability makes it that much more valuable to all visitors.

The Natural Areas Conservancy is excited to help lead restoration of Marine Parks unique coastal forest and creation of a safer and easier to follow trail network, said NAC Executive Director Sarah Charlop-Powers. As Brooklyns largest park and one of its most ecologically significant natural areas, Marine Parks visitors will greatly benefit from our improvements to this special place.

The JBRPC is proud to be working with The Nature Conservancy on this key restoration project that advances our goal to expand public access and preserve and restore natural areas, including wetland and wildlife habitat in Marine Park and throughout Jamaica Bay and the Rockaway Peninsula, said Tom Secunda, Chairman, Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy. The technical expertise provided by The Natural Areas Conservancy, working hand-in-hand with NYC Parks, will help ensure the long-term sustainability of the site.

The Nature Conservancy is thrilled to be a partner in this project to enhance Marine Park and enable nature including migratory birds and native pollinators to thrive, said Emily Nobel Maxwell, The Nature Conservancys New York City Program Director. Parks and green spaces like Marine Park play a critical role in New York by providing habitat for wildlife, places for people to enjoy nature, and protection against impacts of climate change such as extreme heat and flooding.

"Marine Park is one of Brooklyn's undiscovered treasures, with miles of land and sea and countless species of flora and fauna to explore, said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. For decades, this unique ecosystem has been neglected, but I am pleased to be a part of a newly invigorated effort to polish this natural gem for the full benefit of the community. I look forward to continued collaboration with local stakeholders to ensure Marine Park gets the attention and resources it deserves."

I am very pleased that NYC Parks, the Natural Areas Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy and the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy have embarked on a program to improve the ecology of Marine Park as well as the trail network, said City Council Member Alan Maisel. This is an area that has been neglected for a long time and I look forward to its timely completion.

Gerritsen Beach Cares and its Board of Directors are in deep gratitude to the Natural Areas Conservancy and NYC Parks for selecting Marine Park South in the Gerritsen Beach Peninsula as the beneficiary of the grant to conserve and promote a sustainable natural seaside forest in our community, said the group. This park is a gem and will be beneficially improved by this conservancy project.

The Natural Areas Conservancy will lead improvements on a 133-acre site on the western side of Marine Park, focusing on closing several miles of unofficial trails that fragment the parks sensitive ecology and creating a formalized trail system with signs and markers. This will allow better access and easier navigation of the parks unique coastal maritime forest, one of only two remaining in New York City. The park surrounds an inlet of Jamaica Bay and is prime habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife.

Project contractor, Student Conservation Association (SCA), will employ youth from the Marine Park and Gerritsen Beach neighborhoods to participate in clean-up projects and trail work in summer 2016. Remaining labor will be completed through volunteer events and by professional contractors. Already this fall, SCA workers have removed more than 200 bags of storm debris and garbage from the park.

NYC Parks, the Natural Areas Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, and partners are committed to extensive outreach and neighborhood participation, convening two community meetings regarding this project on September 27 and December 8, as well as meetings with more than 20 stakeholder groups and elected officials. For more information on these meetings and community engagement, please contact Public Engagement and Restoration Manager Justin Bowers at justin.bowers@parks.nyc.gov.

Natural Areas Conservancy

Created in 2012, the Natural Areas Conservancy is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with NYC Parks to improve New York Citys 10,000 acres of forest, marshes and wetlands to enhance the lives of all New Yorkers. www.naturalareasnyc.org.

Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy

The Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy is a public-private partnership established in 2013 that is dedicated to improving the 10,000 acres of public parkland throughout Jamaica Bay and the Rockaway peninsula for local residents and visitors alike. With its partners at the National Park Service and the NYC Parks, JBRPC works to expand public access; increase recreational and educational opportunities; foster citizen stewardship and volunteerism; preserve and restore natural areas, including wetland and wildlife habitat; enhance cultural resources; and ensure the long-term sustainability of the parklands, including the development of the Science and Resilience Institute.

The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the web at www.nature.org.

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<![CDATA[De Blasio Administration Launches Community Parks Initiative To Build More Inclusive And Equitable Park System]]> pressrelease21260 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/press_releases/press_releases.php?id=21260

$130 million investment to re-create 35 parks in communities with greatest need; additional $36.3 million DEP investment to fund green infrastructure improvements

Approximately 220,000 New Yorkers living within 10-minute walk of targeted parks to benefit from initial investment

NEW YORKMayor Bill de Blasio and Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP today launched the Community Parks Initiativea multi-faceted program to invest in under-resourced public parks located in New York Citys densely populated and growing neighborhoods with higher-than-average concentrations of poverty. CPIs first phase will target 35 community parks through a $130 million capital investment that promotes the full re-creation of these parks, $7.2 million in expense funding for Fiscal Year 2015, and $36.3 million in capital funding from the Department of Environmental Protection for green infrastructure improvements at these sites. CPIs first phase will target 55 neighborhoods across the five boroughs, reaching approximately 220,000 New Yorkers living within a 10-minute walk of the targeted parks. In its entirety, the initiatives first phase represents over $173 million in capital and expense funding.

CPI represents the first phase of NYC Parks: Framework for an Equitable Future. The framework outlines NYC Parks commitment to increasing the accessibility and quality of New York Citys parks in neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs through a dynamic series of immediate steps and long-term initiatives to support sustainable, equitable park development and implement a targeted level of service improvements across the park system.

From children and parents to athletes and students, every New Yorker deserves access to clean and safe public parklandno matter what neighborhood they live in. The Community Parks Initiative reaffirms our administrations commitment to the creation and maintenance of vibrant parks and public spaces in all five boroughs, said Mayor Bill de Blasio. Through targeted investments and programming, we will engage New Yorkers by re-creating parks in communities that need open space improvements the most. This is a framework that will address system-wide needs for park equity with solutions that have lasting and resilient results for our citys neighborhoods.

Thanks to Mayor de Blasios vision for a more equitable and innovative park system, we are creating a bright, green future for New York Citys parks, said Parks Commissioner Silver. We will work to invest in communities with the greatest need and to create thriving public spaces to enhance the livability of under-resourced neighborhoods. The elements of this framework will rest on the foundations of targeted capital investment, strong community partnerships, new programming, and dedicated maintenance. We are confident that good park development is essential to the growth of a truly 21st Century parks system.

The announcement was held at Bowne Playground in Queensone of 35 sites that will benefit from an infusion of capital investment, community outreach, expanded recreational programming, and increased maintenance.

Thanks to significant investments by the City Council in increased funding for gardeners, maintenance workers, and community partnership, parks in the CPI initiative will receive critical operating support to sustain the capital investments. Additional staff and resources will be allocated across critical categories including community outreach, capital and planning, recreational programming, and park maintenance. Community engagement and stewardship is a hallmark of CPI. Through Partnerships for Parks, a joint program of NYC Parks and the City Parks Foundation, using the proven Catalyst model, NYC Parks will engage community stakeholders, such as Friends of groups, and help them build their own capacity to use, program, and be advocates for their parks. The program will also engage agency partners, including the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Education, the New York City Housing Authority, and the Administration for Childrens Services to achieve shared goals.

Through its Green Infrastructure Initiative, DEP has committed more than $36 million in stormwater management funds to the CPI to ensure that the revitalized park spaces also manage stormwater, keeping it out of the combined sewer system and helping to reduce combined sewage overflows that sometimes occur during heavy rainfall. Through a similar partnership with the Trust for Public Land, DEP has helped fund the reconstruction of five school yards to date, creating community playgrounds that collectively manage millions of gallons of stormwater that might otherwise pollute our waterways. In addition, eight more school yards are currently in design or under construction.

I commend Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Silver on this plan to redistribute resources to ensure that parks in low-income communities receive equitable funding to address infrastructure and programmatic needs. The rehabilitation of neglected parks and playgrounds is instrumental in the fight against childhood obesity and other health issues prevalent in dense, low-income communities. Through the Community Parks Initiative, $130 million in investment will go towards the 35 parks selected, and we will come closer to providing appropriate recreational spaces to communities citywide, said Public Advocate Letitia James.

Every neighborhood in New York City deserves to have a spectacular park, no matter where you live or what your zip code may be, said Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. In the Fiscal Year 2015 budget, the New York City Council invested $9.4 million to make our parks more vibrant and sustainable across the five boroughs, and the Community Parks Initiative announced today furthers that commitment by analyzing the needs of our community green spaces and harnessing public resources to effectively meet those needs. This comprehensive initiative will bring long-term investment into our citys parks, as well as more short-term improvements that New Yorkers will be able to experience and enjoy right away.

The Community Parks Initiative is a great example of how collaboration among City agencies gives New Yorkers the biggest bang for their buck, said DEP Commissioner Emily Lloyd. In this case, DEP will invest dollars that will improve the quality of our waterways for all New Yorkers and provide important amenities to communities that need them the most.

Access to safe, clean and green outdoor space is integral to the well-being of New York Citys children and families, said ACS Commissioner Gladys Carri. The opportunity to be outsidewhere childhood memories and experiences are madehas a lasting impact on healthy development. I applaud the Community Parks Initiative, which will allow young people across the City to benefit from additional parks and recreational programs, while also increasing the amount of space in which children and families can play and enjoy themselves in a welcoming and safe environment.

No matter what zip code they live in, our children must have access to great parks, where they can exercise their bodies and minds, said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fari. I love visiting parks with my grandchildren and appreciate the great importance of community parks. I look forward to collaborating with Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Silver to support safe, open spaces for children and families to play, learn, and thrive.

This plan reverses years of underinvestment in neighborhood parks in the citys low-income communities. And it avoids the mistakeso common in the pastof focusing on capital spending without adequate attention to the less sexy but still critical funding of park maintenance, said Council Member Mark Levine, Chair of the Committee on Parks and Recreation. I am incredibly proud that the Mayor and the Council have come together on a plan that will deliver for New Yorkers who, until now, have lacked access to truly great public spaces.

I have been proud to make great strides in my first year as Borough President on creating greater park equity across Brooklyn, and I owe a great deal of thanks and appreciation to my partners at the Department of Parks and Recreation, said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. Open space is not a luxury for the few; it is a necessary component of a community that fosters healthy children and families. It does not matter if you are young or old, if you are rich or poorour parks bring together Brooklynites of every age, race and income level. I will continue to use my capital budget to ensure that improvements to our parks and our open spaces are made across the borough in an equitable fashionfrom Cobble Hill to Canarsie and from Bay Ridge to Brownsville.

This new funding allocated to nine under-served Manhattan parks is a tremendous step that will make a difference in all Manhattanites quality of life, said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. The Community Parks Initiative will help not just with capital improvement, but with ongoing maintenance and seasonal programming. In a city as crowded as New York, it will make a real difference.

I commend Mayor de Blasio and the Parks Department for investing this badly needed capital funding in some of our most heavily utilized parks, said Staten Island Borough President James Oddo. It is long overdue and needed. Apart from this program, I remain committed to providing the capital funds needed to make improvements in our Parks. In this fiscal year, I was pleased to allocate nearly a million dollars in taxpayer capital funding for South Shore parks, as well as significant investments in Mid-Island and North Shore parks. Borough Hall will continue to do all we can to ensure we have the best possible parks, from Tottenville to St. George.

I applaud Mayor de Blasio for putting forward this ambitious plan to address the needs of New York Citys parks, said Congresswoman Grace Meng. Preserving, improving and investing in parkland and open space is critical to the quality of life here in Queens and throughout the city, particularly for our children, families and seniors. Working with the mayor and the parks department on this important initiative, we can ensure a greener future for New York City.

A year and a half ago, folks were not talking about parks equity, and now Mayor de Blasio is addressing the most glaring inequities in neighborhood parks around the city, said State Senator Daniel Squadron. The Community Parks Initiative means important improvements at parks in communities where they are most needed. This years renewed push for parks equity is a credit to the Mayor and a sign that having everyonegovernment, conservancies, and stakeholdersat the table is critical for building a healthy parks system. I thank Mayor de Blasio, Commissioner Silver, Assembly member Kavanagh, the City Council, and park advocates, and look forward to continue addressing the parks equity crisis.

Our bigger parks usually get most of the attention, but this initiative to invest in neighborhood parks, like Bowne Park, is most welcome news for residents of our local communities and I applaud Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Silver for being here in Queens today to announce it, said Assemblywoman Margaret Markey, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development.

All New Yorkers should be able to enjoy the benefits of great, well-maintained, local public parks, said Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh. Mayor de Blasios and Commissioner Silvers Community Parks Initiative will go a long way towards making this a reality for communities throughout our city. I look forward to seeing firsthand the difference their tremendous leadership will make, along with that of Senator Daniel Squadronwhom Ive been proud to join in calling for greater equity in parks funding, like were seeing today.

Improving public parks and open space is integral to livable communities. It has a direct impact on the everyday quality of life for our residents, from fighting blight to facilitating physical activity and better health in our neighborhoods. Were delighted that this initiative will bring a much-needed facelift to Bowne Playground for our kids and families to enjoy in the heart of Flushing, said Assemblyman Ron Kim.

Public open spaces play a fundamental role in improving communities all across our city, and its sad but true that parks and playgrounds in low-income areas are often unable to keep up with their better-funded counterparts, said Council Member Margaret Chin. Thats why I sincerely applaud Mayor Bill de Blasio for taking a huge step toward social equity with the creation of the Community Parks Initiative. In my Lower Manhattan district, the thousands of families who utilize Luther Gulick Park and Sol Lain Playground will soon see the deeply important benefits this great initiative will bring to their neighborhood.

Our citys parks are places where all can enjoy nature and families can play in the open space. With Mayor de Blasio's funding, our parks will be even more enjoyable with upgrades, renovations, and new designs. The community looks forward to enjoying the upgrades at Astoria Park, Sean's Place playground, and Van Alst playground in Astoria. We all thank Mayor de Blasio for funding to make the upgrades possible, said Council Member Costa Constantinides.

The Community Parks Initiative is another shining example of Mayor de Blasios and his Administrations commitment to ending the tale of two cities, said Council Member Peter Koo. By targeting underserved neighborhoods and making strategic investments in historically underfunded playgrounds and green spaces, the city is making it clear that a park in Flushing deserves equal attention and no less care than a park located on the West Side of Manhattan. I applaud the administrations efforts.

Growing up in New York shouldn't mean that you dont get the opportunity to sled down a hill, or climb a tree. I applaud Mayor de Blasio and his administration's investment in green space equity, said Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez. The Community Parks Initiative will make sure that every child regardless of income has the opportunity to take advantage of the incredible memory making moments that happen in our parks every day.

With todays significant investment in neighborhood parks, the de Blasio administration has made a strong commitment to building a better park system for all New Yorkers. The Community Parks Initiative is smart parks policy that takes the long view, said New Yorkers for Parks Executive Director Tupper Thomas. It starts with a number of well-targeted capital projects in high-need areas, and delivers a sustained investment in those areas, from maintenance funding to programming to stewardship cultivation. The initiative will begin the long-term task of rebuilding the citys neighborhood parks and playgrounds. It isnt just a quick fix: the program lays the groundwork for community building in many areas of the city that need it most.

We are thrilled with the Mayors thoughtful and well-conceived plan to bring more resources to our citys public spaces, said Deborah Marton, Executive Director of New York Restoration Project. For nearly 20 years, New York Restoration Project has been building and caring for parks and community gardens in our citys least green, highest-need communities. The Community Parks Initiative increases the impact of this work, and we look forward to partnering with the Mayor and Commissioner Silver to achieve its important goal of creating thriving public spaces for all New Yorkers.

Uniquely uniting the best practices of NYC Parks and our partners work, the Community Parks Initiative goes beyond capital improvement to comprise the following core components:

Capital Investment

  • Capital projects will rebuild 35 community parks (65.5 acres of parkland).

  • $130 million in capital dollars will be targeted to densely populated, growing, and lower income communities. The funding includes a mayoral commitment of more than $110 million, and will leverage an additional nearly $20 million in funds from elected officials and grant sources.

  • Capital projects will be supported by community outreach coordinators to facilitatewith NYC Parks design teamcommunity engagement around the capital process, as well as develop long-term local partners and friends-of groups.

  • Through smaller-scale, targeted physical improvement projects such as painting and plantings, CPI will use existing Parks resources to bring immediate impacts to communities at more than 55 complementary sites.

Partnerships

  • CPI will grow the capacity of local stewards beyond the capital project phase.

  • There will be an annual investment of $780,000 for outreach and technical assistance, including new staff members.

  • $750,000 in City Council funding will be made available to City Parks Foundation for community-building work through the Partnerships for Parks program. This will include support for CPI communities.

Programming & Maintenance

  • CPI will promote place-making and encourage physical activity, before and after capital investments.

  • There will be $4.2 million allocated from the City Councils expense funding for Fiscal Year 15 to increase maintenance capacity with City Park Worker and Gardener hires in CPI Zones.

  • There will be an annual investment of $1.4 million for more than 70 new recreational programming and maintenance staff.

  • Playground Associates will offer seasonal programming for kids and adults, such as Kids in Motion and Shape Up NYC, at nearly 100 parks throughout the CPI Zones.

Through these measures, CPI will impact New Yorkers by:

  • Improving park access and quality for approximately 220,000 New Yorkers who live within a 10-minute walk of the 35 parks targeted for Phase I improvement.

  • Improving park access, quality, amenities, and maintenance across communities in the 55 CPI Zones.

  • Reaching 24 New York City Community Districts, with a total population of 3,270,000, where 36 percent live below the poverty line and 41 percent are under age 18.

  • Providing Parks-staffed recreational programs for kids, mobile fitness classes, and programs generated by community stewards in order to promote healthy living and active lifestyles at nearly 100 parks in target communities.

  • Providing more than 70 new seasonal and fulltime jobs in park maintenance, horticulture, and recreational programming, as well as approximately 15 permanent design and 14 outreach, planning and other supporting staff positions.

To identify the scope and reach of the CPI program, NYC Parks completed a detailed analysis to assess parks capital need and determine the program's focus neighborhoods, or CPI Zones. This analysis:

  • Identified parks with less than $250,000 of capital investment over the last 20 years.

  • Screened for neighborhoods with the greatest needsdefined as neighborhoods having above-average density, high population growth, and an above-average percentage of residents living below the poverty level.

  • Examined places with high need for improvement, potential local partners, programming opportunities, and local priorities.

  • Surveyed parks across the five boroughs.

The Community Parks Initiative, the first phase of NYC Parks: Framework for an Equitable Future, will bring NYC Parks agency resources together in a coordinated way to better leverage our investments, efficiently targeting those resources to address open space needs in underserved communities through a multi-faceted approach. CPI is a scalable and intensive approach to improving the small parks that directly serve communities. It is also just one of many steps NYC Parks will take toward building a more equitable future for our park system. Mayor de Blasio has committed New York City to building and fostering the growth of economic opportunity, social equity, and livable neighborhoods. With the Community Parks Initiative, NYC Parks supports Mayor de Blasios commitment to aggressively tackle equity issues in our communities.

The following 35 parks were identified for full re-creations in CPI's first phase of investment.

BRONX

Hunts Point Playground

Little Claremont Park

Longfellow Garden

Lyons Square Playground

Melrose Commons Site 32

Playground 52

Ranaqua Park

Saw Mill Playground

Seabury Park

BROOKLYN

Jesse Owens Playground

Saratoga Ballfields

Stockton Playground

Stroud Playground

Ten Eyck Playground

Thomas Boyland Park

MANHATTAN

Carmansville Playground

Henry M. Jackson Playground

James Weldon Johnson Playground

Luther Gulick Playground

Martin Luther King Playground

Playground 103 CIII

Sol Lain Playground

St Nicholas Playground North

White Playground

QUEENS

Astoria Heights Playground

Bowne Playground

Corona Mac Park

Grassmere Playground

Rockaway Community Park / Conch Playground

Van Alst Playground

STATEN ISLAND

Arrochar Playground

DeMatti Playground

Grandview Playground

Levy Playground

McDonald Playground

For additional information on the Community Parks Initiative, please visit nyc.gov/parks.

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<![CDATA[More Than 30,000 New Yorkers Celebrate The Outdoors At Tenth Anniversary Of Adventures NYC]]> pressrelease21230 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/press_releases/press_releases.php?id=21230 For the first time, the event expands to a second day in Brooklyns Marine Park

On Saturday, June 21, NYC Parks and Backpacker Magazine hosted the tenth annual Adventures NYC, the citys largest outdoor adventure festival, at the bandshell in Central Park. And on Sunday, June 22, New Yorkers returned for a second day of adventure in Brooklyns Marine Park.


For the past ten years, Adventures NYC has given thousands of New Yorkers the chance to embrace the outdoors and learn new ways they can enjoy our parks. said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. This year was particularly exciting for us with the expansion of Adventures to Jamaica Bay for a second day jam-packed with free, fun activities. Thanks to our partners at Backpacker Magazine and all of our sponsors, we were again able to offer paddle boarding, kayaking, rock climbing and more, while also debuting the sport of slacklining.

More than 30,000 outdoor enthusiasts of all ages gathered to enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities and exciting demonstrations including kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, rock climbing, mountain biking, fishing lessons, and outdoor gear exhibits.


Highlights of this years event included the World Slacklining Championships by Gibbon Slacklines, rock climbing walls with Adidas professional climbers, kayaking with Wheel Fun Rentals, stand-up paddleboarding and fly casting instruction from L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools guides, and learn to snowboard clinics with instructors from Ski Vermont and Burton Snowboards. Visitors also participated in Shape Up NYC fitness classes, trying out activities that are freely available year-round at NYC Parks Recreation Centers.


Adventures NYC 2014 was presented by NYC Parks and Backpacker Magazine in partnership with Adidas, Bike & Roll, The Blue Buffalo Company, Burton Riglet Park, Cabot Creamery, DNAinfo.com, Fugoo, Gibbon Slacklines, Gerolsteiner, GoPro, Honest Tea, Kahtool, Klean Kanteen, KTU 103.5, L Magazine, Lifeproof, L.L. Bean, Maui Jim, MindBody Connect, Nature Valley, New York Liberty, New York Knicks, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, NYC Department of Transportation, Plae, Ruby Bay Salmon Jerky, Ski Vermont, Slow Mag, Tamron, Tent & Trails, Transportation Alternatives, Wheel Fun Rentals, Whole Foods, and Wild Planet.


For more information about adventures you can have all summer long, including free programs with NYC Parks Urban Park Rangers, visit nyc.gov/parks.

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<![CDATA[MTNYC KNICKS TREE PLANTING IN JAMAICA BAY PARK]]> pressrelease21197 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/press_releases/press_releases.php?id=21197 2016-05-31T22:02:30-04:00 <![CDATA[This Weekend In Parks]]> dailyplant23015 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/daily_plants/daily_plant_main.php?id=23015 MillionTreesNYC Spring Planting Day
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Approximately 2,000 volunteers from all five boroughs will plant 20,000 trees in Rockaway Community Park in Jamaica Bay, during falls largest planting day.
As part of MillionTreesNYC, Parks is reforesting 2,000 acres of parkland to create new, ecologically healthy, multi-story forests. New forests help expand canopy cover in NYC, increasing the host of environmental benefits already provided by our urban forest.

Its My Park Day
Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20, 2013
Volunteer events will be taking place all weekend citywide for the annual fall Its My Park Day (IMPD). Activities are organized and led by local community groups and civic associations, with support from Partnerships for Parks. These community-led projects invite volunteers to paint park benches and fences, plant bulbs, remove debris, and beautify local parks. Many projects incorporate fun, free events, including tennis lessons, face painting, historic house tours, and performances, which help to engage new community members in local parks. This is the largest volunteer event for Parks, with thousands of volunteers coming out to complete over 100 projects in their neighborhood parks.


QUOTATION FOR THE DAY

I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.

L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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<![CDATA[Army Corps Awards $26.4 Million Second Sand Pumping Contract For Post-Sandy Rockaway Beach Restoration As First Contract Sand Starts Pumping]]> pressrelease21181 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/press_releases/press_releases.php?id=21181 Sand pumping began earlier this week and is part of first of two contracts
Second contract awarded Wednesday for ~3M cubic yards of sand
Total sand pumped through both contracts will be ~3.5M cubic yards of sand
Work on both contracts expected to be completed in early 2014


NEW YORK Representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, New York
City , New York state and community partners came together to announce both the beginning of sand
pumping on Rockaway Beach and the award of a $26.4 million contract for the placement of even more
sand to aid post-Sandy restoration efforts.

Overall, the Corps is placing roughly 3.5 million cubic yards of sand along Rockaway Beach from
Beach 19th to Beach 149th to replace sand lost during Hurricane Sandy. This work will restore the
beach to its design profilemaking it better than it was before Sandys impact. The work is being done
through two contracts totaling $36.4 million.

The $26.4 million contract was awarded to Weeks Marine of Cranford, N.J., yesterday and is the
second and larger of two sand placement contracts for Rockaway Beach. It is for the placement of
roughly 3 million cubic yards of sand from Beach 19th Street to Beach 149th Street. The sand for this
second contract will be dredged from an offshore borrow area.

The first of the two sand placement contracts for Rockaway was awarded earlier this summer and sand
placement work on that contract is ongoing. It was a $10 million contract, also awarded to Weeks
Marine. That contract was for the placement of roughly up to 600,000 cubic yards of sand being
dredged from East Rockaway Inlet. Sand is being placed from Beach 89th to Beach 149th as part of
the first contract.

The second, larger contract will include the placement of additional sand in areas where sand was
placed through the first contract. When both contracts are complete, the beach will have been restored
to its original design from when the Corps first constructed the beach in the 1970s in partnership with
New York state and New York City. The originally constructed beach included at least a 100 foot wide
beach berm that was 10 feet above sea level.

The beach restoration work at Rockaway is being done as part of near-term coastal restoration efforts
taking place at previously constructed coastal storm risk reduction projects throughout the region. While
the beach at Rockaway provides recreational benefits, it is primarily designed to act as a buffer to help
reduce the impacts from coastal storms.

The Army Corps of Engineers is excited to begin restoration work on Rockaway Beach," said New
York District Commander Col. Paul E. Owen. Were proud to be working closely with our partners in
the city and state of New York to help the Rockaway community as they continue to recover from the
impacts of Sandy. This sand pumping work will help improve the areas coastal storm risk reduction,
while also improving recreation and restoring the beach which is an important part of Rockaways
identity.

The beach restoration work at Rockaway is being carried out to provide additional coastal storm risk
reduction for the community using the Corps of Engineers statutory authorities to repair the federally
constructed project at Rockaway that was constructed in the 1970s in partnership with the state of New
York and New York City.

"New York Citys beaches are much more than places for fun in the sun theyre also a critical defense
against flooding and coastal storms," said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "Were hard at
work strengthening those defenses including here with Phase 2 of our restoration work in Rockaway
Beach. Working with the Army Corps of Engineers, we are taking measures to not only reverse damage
to the beach done by Sandy but make the beach stronger than it was before the storm. That means
communities on the Rockaway peninsula will be better protected from future storms and flooding."
The Corps is working closely with its partners in the New York State Department of Environmental
Conservation and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation as it carries out these beach
restoration efforts at Rockaway Beach.

"New York City's beaches are not only a summer vacation for millions of people, they are a backyard
for local residents and our first line of defense against future storms and flooding," said NYC Parks
Commissioner Veronica M. White. "Thanks to the Army Corps of Engineers, more than 3.5 million
cubic yards of sand are being added to Rockaway Beach resulting in a beach that will be higher, wider,
and more protective than it has been in decades.

Everything the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers does must be tied to a statutory authority and this work at
Rockaway Beach is the result of two statutory authorities, one previously existing and one new since
Hurricane Sandy.

Through the Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies Act, PL 84-99, the Corps of Engineers is
authorized to repair previously constructed projects after a large event like Hurricane Sandy. Put
simply, this pre-existing authority allows the Corps to return the project area to pre-storm conditions.
Through this legal authority, the Corps of Engineers is authorized to place approximately 1.5 million
cubic yards of sand along Rockaway Beach to replace the roughly 1.5 million cubic yards of sand lost
from the project area during Hurricane Sandy.

Through the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 (the Sandy Relief Bill, or PL 113-2), the Corps
of Engineers is authorized to restore certain previously constructed projects impacted by Hurricane
Sandy to their original design profile. Through this legal authority, the Corps of Engineers is authorized
to place the additional roughly 2 million cubic yards of sand at Rockaway Beach to restore the project
area to its original design profile. PL 113-2 also allocated the funds for the coastal restoration work.
While restoration work is going on, there will be rolling closures of roughly 1000 foot wide sections of
the beach where construction work is active, but the Corps of Engineers will make efforts to limit the
impacts of the ongoing work on recreation without compromising public safety. Closures will be closely
coordinated with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

The coastal restoration work at Rockaway Beach is part of a larger U.S. Army Corps of Engineers effort
throughout the northeastern United States to place nearly 27 million cubic yards of sand to restore
coastal storm risk reduction projects impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Nearly 8 million cubic yards of that
will be placed at coastal storm risk reduction projects in the state of New York, including at Coney
Island and at project sites along the south shore of Long Island.
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<![CDATA[New Bicycle And Kayak Rental Concession Selected For Jamaica Bay]]> dailyplant22919 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/daily_plants/daily_plant_main.php?id=22919
Wheel Fun Rentals will feature a variety of bicycles including cruisers, tandem, and 8 passenger Surrey pedal cars, and boats including kayaks, stand up paddle boards and canoes, that suit all age groups and ability levels. They will also be offering beach rentals like sand toys, umbrellas, beach chairs, and boogie boards. Operations commenced over the Memorial Day weekend at Jacob Riis Park, and will commence in the middle of June at Canarsie Pier, Riis Landing, and Marine Park.

Millions of people visit the parks and beaches at Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways each summer and this concession provides a fun and new recreational amenity, said NYC Parks Commissioner Veronica M. White. We are pleased to welcome Wheel Fun Rentals as they offer opportunities for New Yorkers and visitors to bike and paddle, while enjoying the natural beauty of the Jamaica Bay region.

We are always looking for ways to connect our park to the community and to find new reasons for our neighbors to come to Jamaica Bay and enjoy a wonderful outdoor experience in their backyard. said Linda Canzanelli, superintendent of Gateway National Recreation Area. We feel that Wheel Fun will help provide another wonderful activity for our visitors.

We are excited to be working with NYC Parks and NPS to bring our unique brand of recreation and exploration to Jamaica Bay, said Al Stonehouse, President of Wheel Fun Rentals. We offer a fun way for locals and visitors alike to get outside and spend time together having fun. Our unique human powered products provide the perfect way to explore the sun, sand, and sea!

Jamaica Bay is a wetland estuary surrounded by the Rockaway Peninsula to the South, Brooklyn to the West, and Queens to the East. 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.

On July 17, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg signed an unprecedented agreement between the National Park Service and NYC Parks spelling out ways the two agencies will cooperatively manage 10,000 acres of federal and city-owned parks in and around Jamaica Bay to promote visitation, education programs, scientific research and opportunities for outdoor recreation.

The concession RFPs are a joint effort between NYC Parks and NPS to offer new amenities to the residents and visitors of the Jamaica Bay and Rockaway Parks region and to further connect residents to other educational and recreational opportunities taking shape under the cooperative management agreement.

Products offered through this new concession will vary by location. For a full list of products, prices, and hours of operation please visit www.WheelFunRentals.com.


QUOTATION OF THE DAY

When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers.

Oscar Wilde
(1854 - 1900)

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<![CDATA[NYC Parks Joins The National Park Service In Announcing New Bicycle And Kayak Rental Concession For Jamaica]]> pressrelease21133 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/press_releases/press_releases.php?id=21133
Wheel Fun Rentals will feature a variety of bicycles including cruisers, tandem, and 8 passenger Surrey pedal cars, and boats including kayaks, stand up paddle boards and canoes, that suit all age groups and ability levels. They will also be offering beach rentals like sand toys, umbrellas, beach chairs, and boogie boards. Operations commenced over the Memorial Day weekend at Jacob Riis Park, and will commence in the middle of June at Canarsie Pier, Riis Landing, and Marine Park.

Millions of people visit the parks and beaches at Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways each summer and this concession provides a fun and new recreational amenity, said NYC Parks Commissioner Veronica M. White. We are pleased to welcome Wheel Fun Rentals as they offer opportunities for New Yorkers and visitors to bike and paddle, while enjoying the natural beauty of the Jamaica Bay region.

We are always looking for ways to connect our park to the community and to find new reasons for our neighbors to come to Jamaica Bay and enjoy a wonderful outdoor experience in their backyard. said Linda Canzanelli, superintendent of Gateway National Recreation Area. We feel that Wheel Fun will help provide another wonderful activity for our visitors.

We are excited to be working with NYC Parks and NPS to bring our unique brand of recreation and exploration to Jamaica Bay, said Al Stonehouse, President of Wheel Fun Rentals. We offer a fun way for locals and visitors alike to get outside and spend time together having fun. Our unique human powered products provide the perfect way to explore the sun, sand, and sea!

Jamaica Bay is a wetland estuary surrounded by the Rockaway Peninsula to the South, Brooklyn to the West, and Queens to the East. 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.

On July 17, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg signed an unprecedented agreement between the National Park Service and NYC Parks spelling out ways the two agencies will cooperatively manage 10,000 acres of federal and city-owned parks in and around Jamaica Bay to promote visitation, education programs, scientific research and opportunities for outdoor recreation.

The concession RFPs are a joint effort between NYC Parks and NPS to offer new amenities to the residents and visitors of the Jamaica Bay and Rockaway Parks region and to further connect residents to other educational and recreational opportunities taking shape under the cooperative management agreement.

Products offered through this new concession will vary by location. For a full list of products, prices, and hours of operation please visit www.WheelFunRentals.com.]]>
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<![CDATA[NYC Parks, In Partnership With National Park Service, Launches Jamaica Bay/Rockaway Parks Restoration Corps]]> pressrelease21130 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/press_releases/press_releases.php?id=21130 Corps Members to Restore Woodlands, Wetlands and Parkland Damaged by Hurricane Sandy

NYC Parks, in partnership with the National Park Service, today announced the launch of the Jamaica Bay/Rockaway Parks Restoration Corps. With funds from a National Emergency Grant through the U.S. and NYS Departments of Labor and with recruitment assistance from the NYC Department of Small Business Services Workforce1 Career Centers, approximately 200 workers were hired to assist in the clean-up, restoration, and reconstruction of Jamaica Bay and Rockaway Parks - including areas that sustained serious damage from Hurricane Sandy. The New York City Workforce1 Career Center system provides the Citys adult workforce and businesses with a full array of employment and recruitment services including one-on-one appointments with jobseekers to review their resume, screen for jobs, and match candidates with available jobs. The Jamaica Bay/Rockaway Parks Restoration Corps combines field work with on-the-job training in technical and professional development areas to enhance the productivity of workers in the field. Jobs are full time for six months and pay $11.11 per hour. At todays event, NYC Parks Commissioner Veronica M. White joined the National Park Service in greeting new members of the Jamaica Bay/Rockaway Parks Restoration Corps as they cleaned Hurricane Sandy debris from the Aviation Road waterfront area of Floyd Bennett Field.

Jamaica Bay is one of New York Citys richest ecological open spaces and the Jamaica Bay/Rockaway Parks Restoration Corps will help ensure its recovery from damages inflicted by Hurricane Sandy as well as the long-term preservation of its natural areas, said NYC Parks Commissioner Veronica M. White. We are grateful to our partnership with the National Park Service, National Emergency Grant funds through the New York State Department of Labor, and recruitment assistance from Workforce1 and the New York City Department of Small Business Services that helped make this initiative a reality.

"This program is a wonderful way for New Yorkers to discover the wonders of Jamaica Bay, and the phenomenal natural resources and recreational opportunities available in their backyard, said Superintendant of the Gateway National Recreation Area Linda Canzanelli.

Using its expertise in recruitment and hiring, Workforce1 teamed up with NYC Parks to put New Yorkers back to work and help the City continue to recover from Hurricane Sandy, said Rob Walsh, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. Thanks to Parks and the NYS Department of Labors National Emergency Grant, more than 200 New Yorkers will be reporting back to work this month.

The Jamaica Bay/Rockaway Parks Restoration Corps members primarily work outdoors in a team based environment. Tasks include:
Working with NYC Parks Natural Resources Group and Natural Area Volunteers to restore natural areas, woodlands, wetlands, and parkland in and around the Jamaica Bay Area;
Community outreach and educational efforts including needs surveys, customer satisfaction assessments, and interventions for residents of surrounding areas;
Removal of tree debris, tree care, and potential new tree planting;
Trail creation and restoration;
Removal of wood, metals, docks, concrete, housing, boats, and other inorganic floatables from the sand areas in Jamaica Bay;
Enhancing skills in technical and professional development areas.

In July 2012, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar signed an unprecedented agreement between the City of New York and the National Park Service spelling out ways to cooperatively manage 10,000 acres of federal and city-owned parks in and around Jamaica Bay to promote visitation, education programs, scientific research and recreational opportunities. This innovative new partnership will serve to better connect urban communities to the natural beauty and history of Gateway National Recreation Area and adjacent city park lands by allowing NYC Parks and the National Park Service to work on each others property, comingle resources and undertake joint planning.

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<![CDATA[NYC Parks Joins The National Park Service To Issue Requests For Proposals For Kayaking And Canoeing, Bike Rental, And Food Concessions For Jamaica Bay And The Rockaway Peninsula]]> pressrelease21109 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/press_releases/press_releases.php?id=21109
Millions of people visit the Rockaway Beaches each summer, and were seeking concessions that will allow both visitors and locals to further explore the natural beauty of the Jamaica Bay region, said NYC Parks Commissioner Veronica M. White. We are hoping to offer opportunities for New Yorkers to bike, eat, and paddle, and are looking to receive proposals from companies or individuals with strong backgrounds in delivering these amenities to the public.

We are excited about this opportunity to partner with the City to expand visitor services at our beaches through the wonderful food found in New York Citys mobile food trucks, said Linda Canzanelli, Superintendent of Gateway National Recreation Area. Expanded opportunities for biking, canoeing and kayaking are great ways to help everyone experience Americas great outdoors and the wonders to be found around Jamaica Bay.

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. 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.

On July 17, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg signed an unprecedented agreement between the National Park Service and NYC Parks spelling out ways the two agencies will cooperatively manage 10,000 acres of federal and city-owned parks in and around Jamaica Bay to promote visitation, education programs, scientific research and opportunities for outdoor recreation.

These RFPs are a joint effort between NYC Parks and NPS to offer new amenities to the residents and visitors of the Jamaica Bay region and to further connect residents to other educational and recreational opportunities taking shape under the cooperative management agreement. NYC Parks is seeking a concessionaire for a one year term, with three, one year renewal options exercisable at NYC Parks and the concessionaires mutual discretion.

All proposals submitted in response to these RFPs must be submitted no later than Monday, April 8, 2013 at 3:00 pm. There will be a recommended proposer meeting and site tour on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 10:00 am. Meetings begin in the multipurpose room (to the right of the lobby and down the hall) of Gateway National Recreation Areas Ryan Visitor Center at Floyd Bennett Field, which is located at Aviation Road and Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn.

Hard copies of the RFPs can be obtained, at no cost, through Monday, April 8, 2013 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., excluding weekends and holidays, at the Revenue Division of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, which is located at 830 Fifth Avenue, Room 407, New York, NY 10065.

The RFPs are also available for download through Monday, April 8, 2013 on the Parks Department website. To download the RFP, visit http://www.nyc.gov/parks/businessopportunities and click on the Concessions Opportunities at Parks link. Once you have logged in, click on the download link that appears adjacent to the RFPs description.

For more information or to request to receive a copy of the RFP by mail, prospective proposers may contact Lauren Standke from the Revenue Division of Parks at (212) 360-3495 or at lauren.standke@parks.nyc.gov.

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<![CDATA[Carmine Carro Community Center Opens In Marine Park]]> pressrelease21108 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/press_releases/press_releases.php?id=21108 New facility honors former President of the Marine Park Civic Association and will offer health and fitness programming

Parks Commissioner Veronica M. White joined Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Council Member Lew Fidler, State Senator Martin Golden, Assembly Member Alan Maisel, Assembly Member Helene Weinstein and the family of Carmine Carro to cut the ribbon on a brand new $16.3 million community center in Marine Park, Brooklyn. The event also showcased fitness classes which will be held at the center.
The new community center in Marine Park will provide neighbors with a hub of programming and activities, said Commissioner White. The facility expands upon our mission to provide opportunities for fitness and recreation, as well as our commitment to building green.
Bravo to Parks Commissioner and Brooklynite Veronica White, to Mayor Bloomberg and to all those who helped to make the state-of-the-art Carmine Carro Community Center a reality, said Borough President Markowitz. This amazing facility and its new programming will become a center for active adults in the Marine Park community and will enhance the use and enjoyment of one Brooklyns great emerald jewels and its largest park, Marine Park. However, how sweet it is that we are also able to honor the memory of a truly great Brooklynite, Carmine Carro, who was as Brooklyn as they come, a proud product of Marine Park who dedicated so many years of his life to making Brooklyn better.
I am thrilled to be cutting the ribbon on the long-awaited Carmine Carro Center and Field House in Marine Park: thrilled not only for the community but for Carmine's family, as well, said Council Member Lew Fidler. This is the fulfillment of a dream for all. I was pleased to have provided the initial funding and support over the years, and I want to thank the Mayor and the Parks Department for getting this done. No matter how long the wait, no matter how much the anticipation, the field house will be a beautiful reality for the community to enjoy for decades to come.
The dream of Marine Park has finally come true and today is a great day that we have all waited for with much excitement, said Senator Martin J. Golden. I am proud to have contributed over $1 million dollars to construct this Center, and I look forward to being a frequent visitor and seeing great memories made here.
"It was a great pleasure for me to be able to participate in the long awaited opening of the Carmine Carro Center, said Assembly Member Maisel. This beautiful building will be a great addition to our community and a huge benefit to the thousands of people who will use its facilities."
"Carmine dedicated much of his life to beautifying and standing up for the best interests of the Marine Park community," said Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein. "It is most fitting that this Center, which will provide programming to thousands of local Seniors, students and community residents year-round, bear his name. I am proud to be a sponsor."
The project was funded with generous allocations of $13.32 million from Mayor Bloomberg, $1.38 million from Council Member Fidler, $1.1 million from Senator Golden, $500,000 from Assembly Member Maisel and $30,000 from Assembly Member Helene Weinstein.
The Center is free to the public and will be programmed by Millennium Development, a local organization which will host fitness, exercise, nutrition and healthy lifestyle classes for seniors and active adults. They will also offer cultural and art programs such as painting, photography, music, knitting and crocheting. Computer learning classes will consist of navigating the internet and instruction on the use of video chatting like Skype to communicate with out of town friends and family. Youth programs will also be hosted by Millennium, such as inter generational tutoring and mentoring, computer classes, cultural and recreational programming and youth leadership groups. Millennium Development has previously hosted similar classes at the Salt Marsh Nature Center.
The building is an example of the City's commitment to an environmentally-friendly 21st century, and features many green elements including solar panels, a geo-thermal heating and cooling system, and a vegetated roof. It houses multi-purpose rooms for recreation and community programs, fully accessible bathrooms, a kitchen, skylights, administrative offices, parks operations headquarters and storage space. The project is seeking Silver LEED Certification.
Carmine Carro was born not far from what was then known as City Park (now named Commodore Barry Park), Brooklyns oldest park. His love of his boroughs green spaces was established there, and parks would continue to feature prominently in his life. As President of the Marine Park Civic Association for 16 years, he organized the annual Halloween Festival to entertain thousands of costumed visitors. He was Park Warden for Marine Park for five years. Mr. Carro also served as Vice Chair of Community Board 18, a member of the local school board, a trustee for the Flatlands Volunteer Ambulance, and was a founding member of the Hendrick I. Lott House Board.

Marine Park, Brooklyns largest park, consists of 530 acres of grassland and salt marsh, protected as a Forever Wild preserve. Among its amenities, Marine Park is home to the Salt Marsh Nature Center and the Gerritsen Creek Nature Trail to observe unique regional flora and fauna. Recreationally, the park offers a golf course, bocce courts, cricket fields, and baseball diamonds. The park also contains multiple playgrounds, bicycle greenways, and a launch and landing site for canoes and kayaks at Gerritsen inlet.

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<![CDATA[Back In The Swing Of Things]]> dailyplant22799 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/daily_plants/daily_plant_main.php?id=22799
Beach 30th Street Playground was designed as part of the larger Rockaway Park PlaNYC project. This $30 million Far Rockaway regional park presented the opportunity to make the most of the beachfront setting to provide much needed park facilities for the rapidly growing residential community.

The playground features areas with variety of play experiences, including those on both sand and safety surfacing. A water play area with recycled plastic lumber decking and a custom concrete fire boat with kid-operated spray fixtures was included.

Unfortunately, in March, the playground was damaged during its construction after a vandal broke into the site and used a construction vehicle to wreck much of the playground equipment and cause about $100,000 in damages. Not only did the community band together in support of their park, we also received requests to donate money.

The playground was repaired, and opened with the rest of the Far Rockaway PlaNYC park by Mayor Bloomberg in August of 2012.

Just a few months later, Hurricane Sandy hit. Although the play equipment was undamaged by the superstorm the site was designed with lots of permeable surfaces in the event of flooding the site was inundated with water that lifted up the safety surface, and the playground was covered with sand and debris.

Parks Commissioner Veronica White said in a Daily News interview, It is important in communities impacted by the storm to have a place for children to go, for people to go, to get out of their homes and try to resume a normal life. This is a very special playground.

Once again, New Yorkers stepped up and volunteered in the restoration effort in many cases working side by side with our staff. Hundreds of volunteers helped out at Beach 30th Street in 11 different events since November 10. As the site was still covered with water and sand, Commissioner White remarked, Its hard work and it has to be done very carefully by hand. Its worse than shoveling very heavy snow.

This is part of a larger effort to bring volunteers to help clean up their neighborhood parks. Volunteers have come from all over the city including a woman who traveled two hours from the Queensbridge Houses, and a pilot who flew over Rockaway Beach and noticed the devastation.

Weve also had many groups join in including Students from Yeshiva University High School for Girls, NY Cares volunteers referred by David Selig, owner of Rockaway Taco and Rockaway Beach Club concessionaire, members of Occupy Sandy, and employees of Time Warner and the Clinton Global Initiative.

These cleanups were organized by Partnerships for Parks and NYC Service, drawing on our existing volunteer network as well as many first-time volunteers who wanted to help in any way possible after the storm.

This cleanup would also not have been possible without Rockaway Administrator Jill Weber, who has been on-site coordinating the efforts, despite sustaining major damage to her own house.

For more information on how you can join an existing volunteer initiative or start one of your own, visit nyc.gov/parks!



QUOTATION OF THE DAY

There are no mistakes, only opportunities.

Tina Fey
(1970 - )

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<![CDATA[Mayor Bloomberg Opens Rockaway Park After $30 Million PlaNYC Renovation]]> dailyplant22723 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/daily_plants/daily_plant_main.php?id=22723 Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe yesterday cut the ribbon on the redevelopment of Rockaway Park in Queens, one of the eight regional parks being transformed under PlaNYC, the Citys long-term plan for a greener, greater New York. The regional parks address the need for open space and more recreational facilities for a growing population. The work at Rockaway Park included the construction of more than $30 million in new amenities, including a 15,700-square-foot skateboard park, handball and basketball courts, playgrounds, climbing wall, performance space, water play area, synthetic turf field, and accessible comfort station. The Mayor was also joined at the ribbon-cutting by Assembly Member Phil Goldfeder and Council Member James Sanders.

Located along a mile-long stretch of beach at the eastern end of the Rockaway peninsula, this PlaNYC initiative presented the opportunity to make the most of the beachfront setting to provide much needed park facilities for the rapidly growing residential community.

In keeping with Mayor Bloombergs vision for a greener New York, the redeveloped park was designed with permeable surfaces to improve storm water collection, and natural habitats and coastal dunes have been protected and enhanced. In the East Park, a large parking lot has been transformed into a rolling lawn for passive recreation and viewing events at a new performance venue. Adding to our MillionTreesNYC total, the project also included extensive tree plantings to provide shaded park areas.

The project site is 27 acres in size, and approximately one mile long and borders the boardwalk and open beach between Beach 9th Street and Beach 32nd Street. The western portion of the site between Beach 32nd and Beach 26th Streets was undeveloped and covered 10.3 acres of flat sandy areas with sparse vegetation and some secondary dunes and pines, as well as an abandoned asphalt parking lot of 2.5 acres. The eastern portion of the site between Beach 17th Street and Beach 9th Street was dominated by an underutilized 500-space parking lot of 3.6 acres and a concrete paved picnic area, handball and basketball courts. A baseball field is located at the corner of Beach 17th Street and Seagirt Blvd and will remain. A 7,000-square-foot single story building near Beach 17th Street houses toilets, lifeguards and maintenance operations. A concession formerly operated out of this building but has been closed for over six years. At Beach 9th Street is a children's playground and 400-square-foot comfort station.

Other regional parks being developed as part of PlaNYC include the High Bridge and Fort Washington Park in Manhattan; Calvert Vaux Park in Brooklyn; the Ocean Breeze Indoor Track and Field Facility on Staten Island; and Highland Park in Queens.

The City recently cut the ribbon on the $50 million McCarren Pool and Play Center in Brooklyn which has already drawn over 86,000 people, and in June we broke ground on the Soundview Park project in the Bronx.

This initiative is part of the Waterfront Vision and Enhancement Strategy (WAVES), a citywide strategy launched by Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn, which lays out a sustainable blueprint for the Citys more than 500 miles of shoreline. WAVES has two core components: Vision 2020: The New York City Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, released a year ago, which established long-term goals for the next decade and beyond, and the New York City Waterfront Action Agenda, which set forth priority initiatives to be implemented by the end of 2013, many of which are being realized. Together, the initiatives provide a blueprint for the Citys waterfront and waterways, and focus on the following categories: open space and recreation, the working waterfront, housing and economic development, natural habitats, climate change adaptation and waterborne transportation.

QUOTATION FOR THE DAY

To accomplish great things, we must not only act,
but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

Anatole France
(1844 - 1924)

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<![CDATA[Mayor Bloomberg Opens Rockaway Park After $30 Million Renovation As Part Of PlaNYC]]> pressrelease21093 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/press_releases/press_releases.php?id=21093 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 6, 2012

No. 289

www.nyc.gov

MAYOR BLOOMBERG OPENS ROCKAWAY PARK AFTER $30 MILLION RENOVATION AS PART OF PLANYC

Rockaway Park is One of Eight Regional Parks Being Transformed Under Historic Long-Term Sustainability Initiative

Park Renovation Also Part of Waterfront Vision and Enhancement Strategy Action Agenda

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe today cut the ribbon on the redevelopment of Rockaway Park in Queens, one of the eight regional parks being transformed under PlaNYC, the Citys long-term plan for a greener, greater New York. The regional parks address the need for open space and more recreational facilities for a growing population. The work at Rockaway Park included the construction of more than $30 million in new amenities, including a 15,700-square-foot skateboard park, handball and basketball courts, playgrounds, climbing wall, performance space, water play area, synthetic turf field, and accessible comfort station. The Mayor was also joined at the ribbon-cutting by Assembly Member Phil Goldfeder and Council Member James Sanders.

One of the central commitments of PlaNYC our long-term agenda for a greener, greater New York has been to transform eight sites around the City into regional destination parks, said Mayor Bloomberg. The completion of Rockaway Park marks another big step forward in keeping our commitment to sustainability and improving our Citys quality of life by investing in the green spaces of the future.

Rockaway Beach has been an iconic recreational destination for more than a century, said Commissioner Benepe. Now, thanks to Mayor Bloomberg and PlaNYC, the Far Rockaway neighborhood has new parks, playgrounds and athletic facilities that make it like a mini Jones Beach for the 21st Century.

Located along a mile-long stretch of beach at the eastern end of the Rockaway peninsula, this PlaNYC initiative presented the opportunity to make the most of the beachfront setting to provide much needed park facilities for the rapidly growing residential community.

In keeping with Mayor Bloombergs vision for a greener New York, the redeveloped park was designed with permeable surfaces to improve storm water collection, and natural habitats and coastal dunes have been protected and enhanced. In the East Park, a large parking lot has been transformed into a rolling lawn for passive recreation and viewing events at a new performance venue. Adding to our MillionTreesNYC total, the project also included extensive tree plantings to provide shaded park areas.

The project site is 27 acres in size, and approximately one mile long and borders the boardwalk and open beach between Beach 9th Street and Beach 32nd Street. The western portion of the site between Beach 32nd and Beach 26th Streets was undeveloped and covered 10.3 acres of flat sandy areas with sparse vegetation and some secondary dunes and pines, as well as an abandoned asphalt parking lot of 2.5 acres. The eastern portion of the site between Beach 17th Street and Beach 9th Street was dominated by an underutilized 500-space parking lot of 3.6 acres and a concrete paved picnic area, handball and basketball courts. A baseball field is located at the corner of Beach 17th Street and Seagirt Blvd and will remain. A 7,000-square-foot single story building near Beach 17th Street houses toilets, lifeguards and maintenance operations. A concession formerly operated out of this building but has been closed for over six years. At Beach 9th Street is a children's playground and 400-square-foot comfort station.

Other regional parks being developed as part of PlaNYC include the High Bridge and Fort Washington Park in Manhattan; Calvert Vaux Park in Brooklyn; the Ocean Breeze Indoor Track and Field Facility on Staten Island; and Highland Park in Queens. The City recently cut the ribbon on the $50 million McCarren Pool and Play Center in Brooklyn which has already drawn over 86,000 people, and in June we broke ground on the Soundview Park project in the Bronx.

This initiative is part of the Waterfront Vision and Enhancement Strategy (WAVES), a citywide strategy launched by Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn, which lays out a sustainable blueprint for the Citys more than 500 miles of shoreline. WAVES has two core components: Vision 2020: The New York City Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, released a year ago, which established long-term goals for the next decade and beyond, and the New York City Waterfront Action Agenda, which set forth priority initiatives to be implemented by the end of 2013, many of which are being realized. Together, the initiatives provide a blueprint for the Citys waterfront and waterways, and focus on the following categories: open space and recreation, the working waterfront, housing and economic development, natural habitats, climate change adaptation and waterborne transportation.

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Contact: Stu Loeser / Julie Wood (212) 788-2958

Vickie Karp (Parks) (212) 360-1311

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<![CDATA[Mayor Bloomberg And Secretary Salazar Join Forces To Cooperatively Manage 10,000 Acres Of City, Federal Parks In And Around Jamaica Bay]]> pressrelease21089 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/press_releases/press_releases.php?id=21089 2016-05-31T22:02:30-04:00 <![CDATA[Canarsie Skate Park Unboxed After Major Renovations]]> pressrelease21077 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/press_releases/press_releases.php?id=21077 Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe today joined City Council Member Lew Fidler, State Assembly Member Alan Maisel, Lenny Fogel of United Canarsie South Civic Association, and District 18 Leader Frank Seddio to cut the ribbon on the newly renovated Canarsie Skate Park.

Thanks to $2.13 million allocated by Council Member Lew Fidler, Borough President Marty Markowitz, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Brooklynites can once again catch some air at Canarsie Park, said Commissioner Benepe. The redesign of the skate park provides maximum fun and reflects the suggestions of the local skate community by featuring boxes, rails, and ramps.

The renovations to Canarsie Skate Park were funded generously by $1.3 million allocated by Council Member Fidler; $432,000 from Borough President Markowitz; and an additional $325,000 from Mayor Bloomberg. The new concrete plaza-style skate park includes the installation of new pavement with accessible paths, a central skate area, and skate obstacle trail. The park features new gardens with woodland plants, including trees, shrubs, perennials, and ferns.

In addition, a small bleacher for spectators and steel fencing along Seaview Avenue were installed. In the design process, Landscape Architect Stacia Tull met with local skaters and skate equipment manufacturers to design elements of the course.
Since entering the City Council in 2002, Council Member Fidler has allocated over $9.5 million towards Canarsie Park. This funding has gone toward various projects in the park including the cricket field, pathways, a fitness trail with exercise stations, park lighting, bicycle racks, benches, steel fencing, new lawn areas, shrubs, and new trees. In addition, we look forward to the upcoming construction of a new playground adjacent to the skate area.
The land known as Canarsie Park was purchased in 1895. Since then, the park has continuously grown. With its playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts, and baseball diamonds, Canarsie Park provides much recreation space for the residents of Brooklyn.

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<![CDATA[The Great Urban Outdoor Event Introduces Youth To Fun, Service And Green Careers]]> dailyplant22527 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/daily_plants/daily_plant_main.php?id=22527 2016-05-31T22:02:30-04:00 <![CDATA[The Great Urban Outdoor Event Introduces Youth To Fun, Service, Green Careers At Two NYC Parks]]> pressrelease21036 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/press_releases/press_releases.php?id=21036 About 600 youth representing New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, the Boy Scouts of America, Brooklyn Council, the YMCA and the Indo-Caribbean Alliance, Inc., will join together to enjoy local stewardship and camping at The Great Urban Outdoor Event on October 15-16 at two parks in Brooklyn: Gateway National Recreation Areas Floyd Bennett Field and NYC Parks Marine Park.

Beyond its iconic buildings and cultural institutions, New York City features incredible untapped natural resources. These can inspire the next generation of urban environmental stewards. The goal of The Great Urban Outdoor Event is to Engage, educate and employ youth in and around the Jamaica Bay area. The event seeks to inspire our young citizens not only to enjoy the outdoors, but also to encourage their stewardship of New York Citys natural heritage and to open their eyes to green career opportunities. Youth participating will plant native trees, clean up New York Citys coast, take nature walks and camp outdoors.

Introducing kids to green jobs puts them on the path to long-term careers and fosters a strong commitment to improving the environment, said NYC Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe. The Great Urban Outdoor event represents a shared commitment between the National Park Service and NYC Parks to engage, educate, and employ young New Yorkers, by taking advantage of the citys natural resources.

Urban natural areas are just as important as pristine wilderness parks, said Gateway Superintendent Linda Canzanelli. Because parks like Gateway are close to large and diverse populations, we can engage urban youth and adults who have yet to see places like Yellowstone. Canzanelli said Gateway and its sister NYC parks inspire youth to learn about the necessity of natural spaces like those in New York City and it gives youth the chance to consider careers in public service.

During the day, staff from the National Park Service, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and NYC Parks & Recreation will lead activities in and around Jamaica Bay. The events include a large coastal clean-up, native planting around the new campsites and mulching and watering trees that were planted last fall through the MillionTreesNYC mayoral initiative. From rangers to foresters, gardeners to administrators, the staff will demonstrate urban environmental career choices and engage youth in dialogue about the ways environmental stewardship can sustain our urban metropolis.

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<![CDATA[Thousands of Trees Planted at MillionTreesNYC Spring Volunteer Event]]> dailyplant22417 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/daily_plants/daily_plant_main.php?id=22417 2016-05-31T22:02:30-04:00 <![CDATA[New York City Grows Greener By 20,000 Trees In Largest Tree Planting Effort Of The Season]]> pressrelease21062 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/press_releases/press_releases.php?id=21062
This year, Marine Park hosted the largest single-site tree planting event in MillionTreesNYC history, with more than 900 volunteers digging in to plant 10,000 trees, said Commissioner Benepe. Thanks to the efforts of volunteers in all five boroughs, New York City is now home to 20,000 more trees and hundreds of other new plantings, making it a greener and healthier place to live. Parks is grateful for everyone involved in this event, who have helped us on our way to meeting the ambitious goal of planting one million new trees.

Volunteers were recruited to plant trees through the MillionTreesNYC website and with the help of NYC Service. Participating corporate volunteer groups included Green Mountain Energy, Random House Publishing, and Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream. In addition, more than ten city agencies provided volunteers.

MillionTreesNYC Spring Planting Day was supported by in-kind donations from Rob Cano Events, which provided food for all volunteers, and Equinox Fitness Clubs, which provided instructors who led a stretching program before the planting event.

MillionTreesNYC, a cornerstone of Mayor Bloombergs PlaNYC vision to establish a healthier, more sustainable New York City, is a public-private partnership between the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and Bette Midlers New York Restoration Project, through which one million trees will be planted and cared for throughout the five boroughs by 2017. As part of MillionTreesNYC Parks is reforesting 2,000 acres of Parkland into new, ecologically healthy, multi-story forests. New forests help expand canopy cover in New York City, increasing the myriad environmental benefits already provided by our urban forest. Since MillionTreesNYC was launched in October 2007, 448,276 trees were planted prior to Saturdays plantings. For more information, visit www.milliontreesnyc.org.

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<![CDATA[Queens Parks Employees Shine at "Best of Parks" Awards]]> pressrelease20958 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/press_releases/press_releases.php?id=20958 2016-05-31T22:02:30-04:00 <![CDATA[This Weekend In Parks]]> dailyplant22280 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/daily_plants/daily_plant_main.php?id=22280 2016-05-31T22:02:30-04:00 <![CDATA[Kudos For A Rockaway Parkie]]> dailyplant22268 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/daily_plants/daily_plant_main.php?id=22268 2016-05-31T22:02:30-04:00 <![CDATA[This Weekend In Parks]]> dailyplant22266 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/daily_plants/daily_plant_main.php?id=22266 2016-05-31T22:02:30-04:00 <![CDATA[Parks Kicks Off Summer Beach Season in New York City]]> pressrelease20920 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/press_releases/press_releases.php?id=20920 2016-05-31T22:02:30-04:00 <![CDATA[Parks Urges Beachgoers to Exercise Caution Due to Tropical Storm Danny]]> pressrelease20865 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/press_releases/press_releases.php?id=20865 2016-05-31T22:02:30-04:00 <![CDATA[Carnasie Park Cricket Capital of North America]]> pressrelease20841 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/press_releases/press_releases.php?id=20841 2016-05-31T22:02:30-04:00 <![CDATA[Parks Kicks Off Summer Beach Season in New York City]]> pressrelease20833 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/press_releases/press_releases.php?id=20833 2016-05-31T22:02:30-04:00 <![CDATA[Idlewild Park Is March's Park of the Month]]> dailyplant21907 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/daily_plants/daily_plant_main.php?id=21907 As one of the largest remaining saltwater marshes in Queens, the 160-acre Idlewild Park gives visitors a unique window to one of the New York Citys many aquatic habitats while also playing a vital role in our water system. With kayaking and canoe season beginning April 1, outdoor enthusiasts can also take to the water at the parks launch.

Idlewild Park is one of the many natural areas we restored to re-establish the publics connection to the water, said Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe. Idlewild Parks kayak launch and the NYC Water Trail allow New Yorkers to explore the city from a different angle. With access to Jamaica Bay, as well as to the wetlands and surrounding areas that so many different animals call home, Idlewild Park is a great way to see and learn about the citys natural history.

The waters along the Idlewild Park Preserve, not only provide a natural backdrop to the city, but also act as a natural filtration system for Queens groundwater, preventing any contaminants from entering Jamaica Bay. This not only improves the water quality of the area, but also helps to keep the ocean from flooding the southern half of Queens and parts of Brooklyn. Salt marshes also help reduce water erosion.

Idlewild Park is a gateway into Jamaica Bay and the water provides an astounding view of surrounding habitats, including freshwater and tidal wetlands, in addition to also the tributaries of Hook Creek. The bay is home to many different kinds of birds and marine life, including egrets, ibis, and herons, which make up 25 percent of the northeast Atlantic population.

Park of the Month introduces some of our greatest parks and green spaces to curious New Yorkers and visitors. To pick up a kayak and canoe permit or learn more about parks, visit www.nyc.gov/parks for photos of Idlewild Park and an archive of featured parks.

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QUOTATION FOR THE DAY

An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous.

Henry Ford
(1863 1947)

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<![CDATA[Park of the Month: Idlewild Park -- Get your paddles ready!]]> pressrelease20809 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/press_releases/press_releases.php?id=20809 2016-05-31T22:02:30-04:00