Gateway National Recreation Area

By the Numbers: Gateway National Recreation Area

Gateway National Recreation Area, one of America's flagship urban-oriented parks, generates interesting statistics. One of them is 8,820,757.

Millions Of Dollars Heading To National Parks For Road, Multiple-Use Trail Improvements

Millions of dollars are flowing to the National Park System for work on aging roads and multiple-use trails in need of some TLC, and transportation systems thanks to the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in the Parks program overseen by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Birding in the National Parks: Chasing The Snowy Owl

The United States has been invaded. None of the presidential candidates are talking about it and I haven’t even seen it mentioned on the national news reports yet. Birders, however, are well aware of this invasion and we welcome our new owl overlords.

Fort Hancock Days, A Celebration Of This Historic Fort's Past, To Be Marked at Gateway National Recreation Area

They'll turn the calendar back to 1943 at Gateway National Recreation Area this weekend when volunteers demonstrate how Fort Hancock's battery's were manned and operated during World War II.

Bio-Blitz Coming To Sandy Hook At Gateway National Recreation Area

Just how many species of animals, birds, plants, amphibians, reptiles, etc., are there at Sandy Hook in Gateway National Recreation Area? A 24-hour "Bio-Blitz" later this week will provide some insights to that question.

East Coast National Park Units Bracing For Hurricane Irene

As Hurricane Irene continues plodding towards the Eastern Seaboard, units of the National Park System up and down the coast are preparing for the storm.

New York City for $20 a Night? Gateway National Recreation Area Makes it Possible

Visitors to New York City who are looking for an affordable place to stay—and residents who'd like to escape the concrete canyons of the Big Apple—will soon have some additional options. Gateway National Recreation Area is adding new campsites which are slated to open by the July 4th weekend.

Plan Seeks to Make Gateway National Recreation Area an "Iconic Urban National Park"

What would you do if you were in charge of the largest waterfront property in New York City? Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, New York Mayor Bloomberg and other dignitaries gathered earlier this week in New York City to discuss some possible answers to that question, and they involve plans to transform Gateway National Recreation Area into an "iconic urban national park."

"State of Birds" Report Points To Value of National Parks, Other Public Lands For Birds

The Interior Department's 2011 "State of the Birds" report focuses on the importance that national parks, and other public landscapes, provide for hundreds of bird species.

Interior Secretary Envisions "Largest Urban Campground In America" At Gateway National Recreation Area

If you've ever visited the greater New York-New Jersey metropolitan area, one of the last thoughts that would spring into your mind would be, "Let's go camping here!" But that's a vision shared by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis.

National Park Quiz 89: National Recreation Areas

How much do you know about units of the National Park System designated "National Recreation Area"? Take this quiz and find out.

National Park Service Officials Again Debating What To Do With Historic Officers' Quarters at Fort Hancock

National Park Service officials seem to be back at square one in their deliberations over how best to utilize historic officers' quarters at Fort Hancock at Gateway National Recreation Area in New Jersey.

As Winter Settles In, Seasonal Migrations Lend Interest to Wildlife Watching in America's National Parks

Seasonal migrations offer special opportunities to see wildlife herding and flocking, leaving, passing through, and arriving in our national parks.

National Park Mystery Spot 16 Revealed

The "chasm in shadow" that bears a similar name is the signature landform of a national park in Colorado.

More National Parks Brace for Hurricane Earl

As Hurricane Earl assails the Outer Banks parks, producing damaging winds, rough surf, overwash, and beach erosion, Cape Cod National Seashore and other coastal parks in the Middle Atlantic and New England regions get ready for the powerful storm's arrival.

All-Women Lifeguard Tournament at Gateway National Recreation Area on July 28

The job of a surf lifeguard may look glamorous on those TV shows, but the work also requires stamina, speed and lots of skills. The National Park Service All-Women Lifeguard Tournament is in its 26th year, and will spotlight those lifesaving skills at Gateway National Recreation Area on July 28. Last year, over 200 women from five states competed in the event.

Odds and Ends from Around the National Park System

A climbing death in Yosemite, a new recreation site at the Delaware Water Gap NRA, and a question on whether to force climbers to wear helmets are among the odds and ends that have recently crossed our computer screens.

Canoeists, Kayakers Invited To Explore Jamaica Bay at Gateway National Recreation Area

While the current heat wave blistering the East Coast shouldn't last much longer, mid-July is still a great time to go canoeing or kayaking at Gateway National Recreation Area. And on July 17 there will be an outing to explore the NRA's Jamaica Bay.

Bird Artworks Going on Display at Gateway National Recreation Area

Sometimes, paintings can be more striking than photographs. And if you enjoy bird paintings and live in the greater New York-New Jersey metropolitan area, or are visiting there, there's an exhibit of artworks at Gateway National Recreation Area that you shouldn't miss.

National Park Quiz 78: Harbors

Don’t harbor any illusions; this month’s quiz is no walk in the park. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: "During the 1950s, some scientists suggested that 'instant harbors' could be created with well-placed atomic bombs."

Fishing, Boating, Surfing, Permits Available for Gateway National Recreation Area Beginning Feb. 1

If you like to fish, paddle, surf, or drive an off-road vehicle around Gateway National Recreation Area, you can purchase your permits for such activities beginning Monday, February 1.

What Do You Say To a 65-Year-old Lifeguard At Gateway National Recreation Area? Thank You!

Can you imagine the look on the face of Gateway National Recreation Area Water Safety Coordinator Carl Martinez when he realized the man standing before him to be tested for a lifeguard position was 65 years old?

Funding Will Help Repair Historic Gun Batteries at Gateway National Recreation Area's Sandy Hook Unit

Congress has provided $800,000 for the National Park Service to have repairs and restoration done to the historic gun batteries in the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area, according to U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone.

Ida Gives Many Atlantic Coast National Parks a Severe Beating

The remains of Tropical Storm Ida have inflicted some of the heaviest damage that Atlantic Coast beaches have seen in quite a few years. NPS units in the impacted area will have a major cleanup & fix up job on their hands.

What Now Becomes Of Fort Hancock At Gateway National Recreation Area?

A final decision by the National Park Service that ends an agreement to allow commercialization of historic military buildings at Gateway National Recreation Area leaves one question dangling: What now becomes of the steadily deteriorating buildings?

Gateway National Recreation Area Working on General Management Plan; Where Does Commercialism Fit?

While many businesses do annual planning meetings to move their vision forward, national parks typically operate under General Management Plans that remain in effect for ten, 20, or more years. Which makes it particularly important for park goers to both follow this process and provide input. If you frequent Gateway National Recreation Area in the greater New York-New Jersey metropolitan area, now is your chance to weigh in.

Wildlife on the Move: Migrations in the National Parks

As the weather cools and available daylight decreases, many wild animals become restless. They know winter is on the way and they could face months of freezing temperatures and food shortages.

Marine Sciences Group Renovating Historic Fort Hancock Building at Gateway National Recreation Area for HQ

Controversy was ignited when the National Park Service tendered a six-decades-long contract to a developer who wanted to turn rundown historic buildings at Gateway National Recreation Area into restaurants, B&Bs, and lecture halls. The same can't be said about a marine sciences group's renovations to another historic building at Gateway.

Private Development of Fort Hancock in Gateway National Recreation Area Collapses for Lack of Financing

In a turn of events that raises questions about the National Park Service's ability to conduct due diligence, the agency has declared null and void a 60-year-lease given to a developer eight years ago for three dozen historic buildings at Fort Hancock in Gateway National Recreation Area. This decision comes in the wake of six extensions given the developer to prove he had the necessary financing in place to handle the project.
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Gateway National Recreation Area Seeks Solutions to Weekend Traffic Snarls at Sandy Hook

The Sandy Hook Unit at Gateway National Recreation Area has seen major weekend traffic snarls this summer. Road construction just outside the park is partly to blame, and park and state officials are making some changes. They offer these tips for visitors.
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