Major Habitat Restoration And Trail Development Project Gets Underway This Fall In Marine Park
Project partners include NYC Parks, the Natural Areas Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, and Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy
This fall, NYC Parks, the Natural Areas Conservancy (NAC), The Nature Conservancy, and the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC) kicked off a large-scale habitat restoration and park improvement project in Marine Park, Brooklyn’s largest park. Scheduled for completion in 2017, the project will improve the park’s ecologically unique forest by planting thousands of native trees and shrubs and create a new, formalized trail network for hikers, recreational walkers and birdwatchers. The development of the new trail network will be guided by scientific data, as well as recent surveys that studied the interests and preferences of park visitors.
“NYC Parks looks forward to continuing the important work we have been doing in Marine Park with our partners at the Natural Areas Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, and in the community,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. “This is a beloved open space in Brooklyn and improving its accessibility and sustainability makes it that much more valuable to all visitors.”
“The Natural Areas Conservancy is excited to help lead restoration of Marine Park’s unique coastal forest and creation of a safer and easier to follow trail network,” said NAC Executive Director Sarah Charlop-Powers. “As Brooklyn’s largest park and one of its most ecologically significant natural areas, Marine Park’s visitors will greatly benefit from our improvements to this special place.”