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|The Gateway Greenhouse Education Center Jamaica Bay Task Force||
Created by the Regional Plan Association as the successor to the Gateway Citizens Committee in 1987, Friends of Gateway (FoG) moved to the Neighborhood Open Space Coalition's office in 1992. This merger enables FoG to take advantage of the Coalition's heritage of working closely with the public and private sectors to improve New York City's park resources.
Friends of Gateway (FoG) is dedicated to protecting, improving and enhancing public awareness of, and access to the New York metropolitan area's unique National Recreation Area. FoG works to ensure the preservation of Gateway's significant natural and historic areas, while encouraging the addition of appropriate recreational, educational and cultural programs and facilities to serve an urban population that is woefully under-served in terms of open space opportunities.
National Recreation Area, hugging the entrance to NY harbor on Jamaica
Bay, Staten Island, and
Sandy Hook NJ, consists of more park acreage than all of the NYC parks
combined. At some point in the future, after the work is substantially
done, Gateway will be as much a model to the world of urban land restoration
as Yosemite is of rural land preservation. The park's land areas, separated
by water are often thought of as distinct parks. But the Jamaica Bay Wildlife
Refuge, Riis Park, Fort Tilden, Floyd Bennett Field, the Shore Parkway
waterfront of Jamaica Bay, Fort Wadsworth, Miller Field, Great Kills and
Sandy Hook are seen by the Atlantic Flyway's extensive bird population
as one place. The human history of much of Gateway is about the military
defense of New York Harbor.
Treebranch Network is a project of
Neighborhood Open Space Coalition
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