Bayswater Park, Canarsie Park and Canarsie Pier Improvements

Partnership with the Natural Areas Conservancy to improve City and National parkland in Queens and Brooklyn

Working with our partners at the Natural Areas Conservancy, the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC) provided funding to improve parkland in Queens and Brooklyn.   

Bayswater Park

Situated on Jamaica Bay, along the Rockaway peninsula, Bayswater Park is a 40-acre community park maintained and operated by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks). The park provides the community with ballfields, picnic areas, barbecue stations, a children's playground, a kayak launch area and a number of trails.

After years of use, the popular picnic area and adjacent barbecues, as well as the trail system were in great need of some TLC. The NAC and JBRPC  in partnership with NYC Parks developed a plan to revitalize the picnic area, improve the trail system, and restore the waterfront.

Picnic Area

Working in coordination with the Rockaway Park Administrator and other NYC Parks staff, NAC and JBRPC oversaw the replacement of existing picnic tables and barbecues, and the installation of new plantings. This project also include the creation of a new mural adjacent to the picnic area which was completed in 2017. NAC, JBRPC and NYC Parks engaged local youth and artists in the design and installation of the mural. 

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Mural before the project

This project also includes the creation of a new mural adjacent to the picnic area, engaging local youth and artists in the design and installation. 

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Picnic and BBQ area before the project

Existing picnic tables and barbecues were replaced, and  new plantings installed.

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Renovated picnic and BBQ area

Newly installed mural

Trail System

Bayswater Park draws people from many neighboring communities for active and passive recreation. This project builds on a series of successful 2016 pilot projects by NAC and NYC Parks to improve public access and encourage the use of trails in natural areas across NYC. These projects include improvements to existing trails and closing redundant trails through tree planting, resulting in one mile of trail at Bayswater Park. The Bayswater trail provides a connection to Norton Basin Natural Resource Area. Trails are now clearly marked with blazes (below). Work on the trail was compelted in 2017.

 One mile of trail in Bayswater Park will be improved, enhancing public access and the user experience. 

One mile of trail in Bayswater Park will be improved, enhancing public access and the user experience. 

 Installation of new blazes at Bayswater Park

Installation of new blazes at Bayswater Park

Shoreline Restoration

This project will rebuild and enhance wetlands and adjacent forest that were impacted by development in the Rockaways, and will improve coastal resilience. Work will be coordinated with the NYC Parks Wetlands Restoration team and with interagency partners with construction expected to begin in 2018.

 

Canarsie Park

Canarsie Park is a 132-acre park located in Canarsie, Brooklyn, on the western shore of Jamaica Bay. The park offers users amenities including ballfields, basketball courts, soccer fields, spray fountains, playgrounds, a cricket field and skatepark. The park also contains coastal wetlands, beaches, and shrublands. Runners and walkers actively use the trail system. 

Trail System

This project will build on a series of successful 2016 pilot projects by NAC and NYC Parks to improve public access and encourage the use of trails across NYC. Trail projects at the park include improvements to existing trails and closing redundant trails through tree planting, resulting in three miles of formal trails at Canarsie Park. Trails are now clearly marked and maps will be available on-site and online. Work was conducted by a combination of staff and student volunteers and completed in 2017.

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Clearly marked trails

Trails in Canarsie Park are now clearly marked and maps will be available on-site and online.

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3-miles of trail improvements

In Canarsie Park, improvements were made to existing trails and redundant trails will be closed. For the first time, Canarsie Park trails are connected to the Jamaica Bay Greenway - a direct link to Canarsie Pier. 

Canarsie Pier

Canarsie Pier is part of the National Park Service Gateway National Recreation Area and is used for fishing, kayaking, picnics, biking and educational programing, and is one of the most heavily used areas in Jamaica Bay. Due to saltwater inundation experienced by Hurricane Sandy, many of the trees on the pier have died. Working with the National Parks Service, NAC and JBRPC oversaw the replacement of 35 trees on the pier. Work included removal of dead trees and the installation of new mature native trees which tolerate salt spray and flooding. The project was completed in 2017.

35 new trees at Canarsie Pier

Dead trees were removed, stumps cleared and new, native trees were planted in the fall of 2017.