Anyone with an opinion on how Gateway National Recreation Area should be managed for the next 20 years is invited to a series of meetings this month on the federal government’s plans for the park’s future.
The National Park Service is considering three different plans for Gateway, which comprises three distinct units including the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.
Two meetings will be held in each area, with the first in Queens taking place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 4, at the Jacob Riis Park Bath House. Another will be held at the same time and place on Aug. 10. Meetings will also be held in Sandy Hook, NJ on Aug. 3 and 8, and at Great Kills on Staten Island on Aug. 5 and 11. The events are described as informal opportunities to learn more about the alternate plans, pick up a newsletter on the park and share ideas. Formal open houses are planned for September.
Details on the proposals, which have been in the works for three years, are posted on Gateway’s management plan website, nps.gov/gate/parkmgmt/gmp-2012.htm. Comments may also be offered there, and faxed comment forms can be requested by calling (718) 354-4628.