In July 2012, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar signed a cooperative management agreement and announced the formation of the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, Inc. (JBRPC) to support the unique relationship between the City of New York and the National Park Service. JBRPC was formally established in 2013 as a public-private partnership dedicated to improving the 10,000 acres of public parkland throughout Jamaica Bay and the Rockaway peninsula for local residents and visitors alike.

Photo by Michael Feller, courtesy of NYC Parks

Photo by Michael Feller, courtesy of NYC Parks

With its partners at the National Park Service, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and the New York State Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation, JBRPC works to expand public access; increase recreational and educational opportunities; foster citizen stewardship and volunteerism; preserve and restore natural areas, including wetland and wildlife habitat; enhance cultural resources; and ensure the long-term sustainability of the parklands, including the development of the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay.

In the past, JBRPC sponsored the Rockaway! Public Arts Festival to celebrate the reopening of historic Fort Tilden. First organized by MoMA PS1 and the Rockaway Artists Alliance in 2014, in partnership with JBRPC, Rockaway! featured solo projects by Patti Smith, Janet Cardiff and Adrian Villar Rojas, including an installation by Smith of five granite blocks engraved with quotes by Walt Whitman that was donated to the park for permanent display. From its opening day performance through its nine-week run, Rockaway! welcomed more than 12,000 people to Fort Tilden. The free public art festival continued in 2016 with a site-specific outdoor installation by artist Katharina Grosse, reflecting the bold colors of sunset in the Rockaways. In 2018, Rockaway! continued with the installation of Narcissus Garden by Yayoi Kusama.

Other projects included creating a 3.25-acre nursery at Floyd Bennett Field to provide beach grass to stabilize the dunes that buffer the Rockaway coastline from storms and sea level rise; organizing volunteers to plant beach grass, clean up debris, and spruce up buildings with fresh coats of paint; restore marsh and forest; build new trails; and successfully advocating for the expansion of the US Army Corps of Engineers’ sand replenishment project to Riis Beach. From 2017 - 2018, JBRPC worked with New York State Parks to help plan the new Shirley Chisholm Sate Park at Gateway National Recreation Area at the former Penn and Fountain Landfill. The new park is expected to open in the summer 2019. JBRPC has implemented and funded various other projects which can be found under the Our Impact section of this website. 

The JBRPC is proud to partner with governmental agencies, elected officials, non-profit organizations, the business community and the public to improve public parkland throughout Jamaica Bay and the Rockaway peninsula.

The Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, Inc. is a partner project of the Fund for the City of New York (FCNY), which serves as its fiscal sponsor. Both JBRPC and the FCNY are tax-exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the federal tax code. JBRPC’s office is located in the Rockaway Park section of Queens, New York.

For more information, please contact JBRPC at info@jbrpc.org.