Updates on Gateway Nat. Rec. Area Openings
The Gateway National Recreation Area announced the state of their recovery following the destruction left by Superstorm Sandy late last October.
Many parks have already reopened for the summer season, including the campgrounds at Floyd Bennett Field, which opened March 1.
More are slated for spring openings, sheepsheadbites.com reported.
The storm struck in October, causing billions of dollars of damage throughout the coastal areas. Some areas have been slow to rebuild and rebound.
The process to recover from Superstorm Sandy will take years to complete.
But many public and private parks are ready to open and others have already opened.
Here is a rundown of what’s open and what’s set to open, courtesy of the Gateway National Recreation Area’s release:
- The following areas of the park are already open to the public; Fort Wadsworth, Great Kills Park (with the exception of Crooke’s Point), the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Floyd Bennett Field, Frank Charles Park and Hamilton Beach.
- To make a reservation at any of our campsites visit www.recreation.gov. Some fishing areas are already open, others, such as Crooke’s Point will open soon. Unfortunately, some fishing areas won’t be open this year due to safety issues. 2012 fishing permits will be honored through March 31, and 2013 permits will be available after March 15. Most guarded beach areas will open as normal for the summer season, Memorial Day Weekend.
- Riis Park will open Memorial Day weekend (May 25-27). Fort Tilden Beach will be closed this summer due to safety concerns, but the facilities in Fort Tilden, including the Rockaway Little League, will be open for the summer. The Breezy Point Tip access road remains closed until it can be regraded. Canarsie Pier remains closed until an engineering study can be done.