In April, 2010, Senator Charles Schumer (D - NY) and Rep. Anthony Weiner (D - Brooklyn and Queens) called for the formation of the Floyd Bennett Field Blue Ribbon Panel, a task force to make recommendations to the National Park Service (NPS) about how to improve Gateway National Recreation Area in New York / New Jersey. The panel is the result of a multi-year partnership between NPCA and the Regional Plan Association (RPA) to help inform the NPS, elected officials, and the public as NPS embarks on its revision to Gateway's General Management Plan, the guiding document for the park’s future.
The creation of the Panel fulfills one of NPCA and RPA’s 5 Recommendations in the 2009 report, “The Path Forward: Public Input on the Future of Gateway National Recreation Area.” This full color, 30-page report includes a history of the park, information about the Envisioning Gateway design competition, an analysis of public commentary, and a thorough presentation of the five recommendations for the park’s future: reveal visitor opportunities, connect and expand access, integrate climate change, return nature to Jamaica Bay, and institutionalize partnerships.
With the creation of this Blue Ribbon Panel, we step closer to Gateway’s transition from one of the most underutilized natural resources in the region to a shining example of the democratic process at work and the role our parks can play in today’s world.
Floyd Bennett Field: The Next Jewel in New York’s Urban Park Crown
Summer 2011(PDF 10 MB)
The Path Forward: Public Input on the Future of Gateway National Recreation Area
Fall 2009 (PDF 25 MB)