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Great Kills Park

Great Kills Park, on Staten Island's South Shore, is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area under the National Park Service. The park covers an area of 580 acres (235 ha) comprising of woodlands, wetlands including marshes, and a beach stretching for nearly two miles (3 km). The main entrance to Great Kills Park is located near the convergence of Hylan Boulevard and Buffalo Street. The park’s entrance is within distance from Staten Island Railway’s Bay Terrace Station and MTA bus stop at Hylan Boulevard.
Great Kills Park, Staten Island (New York City)

View from Great Kills Park by Wuse1007

Within the park is Great Kills Harbor, a harbor created by dumping dredging material joining Staten Island with the smaller Crooke’s Island to form a peninsula. The peninsula not only protects the harbor but also the nearby neighborhoods from flooding and erosion. Various species of birds thrive in this diverse habitat including warblers, sparrows, buntings, raptors, sandpipers, and woodcocks. The park is also home to the only osprey (sea hawk, fish eagle, or fish hawk) nesting site on Staten Island with nesting platforms built for these birds.
Great Kills Harbor, Staten Island (New York City)

Aerial view of Great Kills Harbor by Doc Searls

Great Kills Park comprises of several beaches including New Dorp Beach, Fox Beach, Cedar Grove Beach, and Oakwood Beach. Recreational facilities include a marina, public boat launch, ball fields, and model airplane field. Amenities include restrooms, snack bar (open during the warmer months), and Ranger Station offering visitor assistance. Scenic nature trails pass through the park and popular with walkers and joggers. Several areas along the beach offer opportunities for shore fishing.

Location: Between Hylan Boulevard and Buffalo Street.

Website: City of New York Parks & Recreation


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