The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with NYC Parks and the Natural Areas Conservancy and sponsored by the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC) is working to restore Brooklyn's Marine Park for people and nature.
Why Marine Park
At nearly 800 acres, Marine Park is the largest city-owned park in Brooklyn. Over half of the park is comprised of natural areas, including grasslands, salt marshes, and environmentally sensitive and unique maritime forests. Significant investment by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and the United States Army Corps of Engineers over the last decade have restored vital habitats on the eastern side of the park and to White Island, a man-made island in Gerritsen Creek. The western side of the park contains similarly important natural resources; however it remains in subpar ecological condition and at risk of further degradation due to destructive practices and an overabundance of irregularly used trails.
What We Will Do
Sponsored by the Jamaica Bay – Rockaway Parks Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy is collaborating with NYC Parks and the Natural Areas Conservancy to accomplish the following:
- a public design process with the community of Marine Park to create a new trail network. The new network will allow for more public access and encourage hiking, bird watching and picnicking – and discourage harmful and dangerous activities like ATV use, paintball, dumping and fires;
- restored native plants and greater habitat diversity in ecologically sensitive locations;
- a new site stewardship and management plan;
- improved community outreach and engagement with local educational organizations to encourage park usage to attract more users and more diverse uses of the park and;
- documented best practices for continued use and management of the park.
What You Can Do