New Report Offers Recommendations for Revitalizing Floyd Bennett Field and Gateway National Recreation Area

Cover.png On June 12, 2011 the Floyd Bennett Field Blue Ribbon Panel released its final recommendations on how to revitalize Floyd Bennett Field and make Gateway National Recreation Area and into an iconic urban national park. Click here to download the full report. Click here to download the full press release.

The Panel released its recommendations in advance of Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Mayor Bloomberg gathering at Gracie Mansion to discuss how best to elevate Gateway National Recreation Area into an urban national park.

Over the past year, the Floyd Bennett Field Blue Ribbon Panel organized and conducted public meetings with local community groups, businesses, non-profit organizations, public agencies and elected officials to develop a better understanding of Floyd Bennett Field's potential and future.

The Blue Ribbon Panel's Report recommendations include:

  • Developing a new master plan for Floyd Bennett Field to make it more welcoming to visitors, including creating a consistent park design, restoring open space, preserving aviation history, improving access to waterfront and expanding recreational opportunities;
  • Improving public transportation and access to Floyd Bennett Field via bus and ferry service and enhance the bicycling experience in and around the park;
  • Restoring hundreds of acres of wetlands, grasslands, and forests as outlined by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Jamaica Bay Feasibility Study;
  • Better serve the region's millions of school children by developing a comprehensive education and interpretation program that includes a state-of-the-art education facility and expand visitor experience to include eco-lodges and campsites; and
  • Establishing a new trust, as a partnership between New York City and the National Park Service, to help manage and facilitate the above recommendations by 2016, as the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary.