Thank you for helping us improve parks in 2018! #parks #yearinreview #JamaicaBay #Rockaways

We couldn't have done it without you!

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This year we accomplished so much, together.

2018 was a great year for the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy and an even better year for our parks. With your help and support, we removed thousands of pounds of trash from our shorelines, improved natural areas by removing invasive plants and introducing native grasses, shrubs and trees, and increased access to public parks and our waterfront.

This past year we:

  • Welcomed the announcement of the new Shirley Chisholm State Park at Gateway National Recreation Area, the largest state park in New York City on the Jamaica Bay shoreline, in partnership with New York State Parks, the National Park Service and the City of New York.

  • Welcomed nearly 20,000 people to Fort Tilden, along with our partners MoMA PS1, the Rockaway Artists Alliance and the National Park Service, for the free public art festival Rockaway! 2018 and site-specific installation of Narcissus Garden by Yayoi Kusama.

  • Offered free public programming along the boardwalk to nearly 2,000 adults and children at Summer Fun at Rockaway Beach, with our partners, NYC Parks, the Queens Library and Friends of Rockaway Beach.

  • Expanded our partnerships with schools in Brooklyn and Queens, offering nature-based programs to students throughout Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways.

  • Built and improved miles of new trails with our partner, the Natural Areas Conservancy, in Brooklyn and Queens parks.

  • Collected and recycled over 10 pounds of fishing line from around Jamaica Bay, in partnership with the American Littoral Society.

  • Supported and protected marsh islands and wildlife, including raptors and diamond back terrapin, through programs in partnership with the American Littoral Society.

Many thanks to our funders, governmental, non-profit and corporate partners.

We have more work to do! As we enter a new year, help us continue to improve public parkland throughout Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways. Donate today to support our mission of expanding public access; increasing recreational and educational opportunities; fostering citizen stewardship and volunteerism; preserving and restoring natural areas, including wetland and wildlife habitat; enhancing cultural resources; and ensuring the long-term sustainability of the parklands.