One Year After Sandy, SCA Gives Back at Gateway National Recreation Area
SCA’s Sandy Recovery Program engaged over 150 young people in storm restoration efforts at Gateway National Recreation Area this summer. However, much work still remains to be done to restore the public lands around New York Harbor. On the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, join SCA for a service event at Great Kills Park on Staten Island to restore the beachfront and help the park increase its resiliency in preparation for future storm events.
Located on the eastern shore of Staten Island, Great Kills Park is named for its “many creeks,” and provides important habitat for nesting ospreys and migrating monarch butterflies. It is also a popular destination for swimmers, bikers, and joggers. Volunteers will be working on Crooke’s Point, clearing debris from the beach and constructing new fencing to help control dune erosion.
When: Saturday October 26th, 10:00am to 2:00pm
Where: Great KIlls Park, Staten Island (3270 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10306)
What: Beach clean-up and construction of erosion fencing
Bring with you: Please wear long pants and sturdy shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. SCA will provide snacks and lunch for all volunteers as well as gloves and water bottles.
Registration: Please sign up for the event through the SCA website at https://scaconservenyc.eventbrite.com to complete SCA’s volunteer waiver.
BY SCA SHUTTLE: SCA will be providing a free shuttle service from the St. George Ferry Terminal to Great Kills Park. The shuttle will depart from the ferry terminal at 9:30 am; shuttle riders should take the 9:00 am ferry from Battery Park in Manhattan to arrive on Staten Island in time to board the shuttle. Return service will also be provided from Great Kills Park at 2:00 pm, arriving at St. George Ferry Terminal by 2:30 pm.
BY PUBLIC TRANSIT: Take the free Staten Island Ferry from Battery Park in Manhattan, then take the Staten Island Railway to the Bay Terrace stop. After exiting the train, walk four blocks northeast on South Railroad Avenue, then make a right on Buffalo St. Follow Buffalo St to the park entrance at 3270 Hylan Blvd. Once in the park, follow Buffalo St approximately two miles to Crooke’s Point, where the road will end in a parking lot.
BY CAR: From the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, follow signs for I-278, then take Exit 15S for Lily Pond Ave towards Father Capodanno Blvd. Follow Father Capodanno Blvd for three miles to Lincoln Ave. Make a right on Lincoln Ave, then a left onto Hylan Blvd. The park entrance is at 3270 Hylan Blvd. Once in the park, follow Buffalo St approximately two miles to Crooke’s Point, where the road will end in a parking lot.
10:00-10:30 am: Registration and snacks
10:30-1:30 pm: PROJECT WORK
1:30-2:00 pm: Lunch and closing
Questions: Contact Ann Pedtke, SCA Marketing Outreach Coordinator, at [email protected] or 724-678-9401.