Great Kills Park

Overview

Located on a peninsula in Staten Island that features an inlet harbor and barrier ocean beach, Great Kills Park - part of Gateway National Recreation Area - is 580 acres of open space where visitors can enjoy many recreational amenities or explore the wildlife still thriving in New York City.

Great Kills has always been an area known for its ecological resources. Before European settlement, Native Americans gathered food and made medicine from the region's plants and animals. The name Great Kills originates from a Dutch name meaning "many creeks." Up until World War II oysters were plentiful in its waters.

In 1860, John J. Crooke, a businessman and pioneering naturalist, purchased the peninsula's point. While living in a log cabin on its sandy shore, he spent time photographing the beautiful natural space and collecting plant and animal specimens. In 1929, the City of New York bought Crooke's Point and the surrounding properties to develop into a park. Work was delayed however due to the Great Depression, and it was not until 1949 that Great Kills Park opened to the public. This precious wildlife haven became a national park in 1973.

A Model Airplane Field is located at Great Kills Park, under the supervision of the Richmond Model Flying Club.

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Seasonality / Weather

Gateway National Recreation Area includes several separate land areas spread throughout the New York metropolitan area. The New York area experiences four distinct seasons. Temperatures are moderate in the spring and fall, but range from the high 90's during the summer to snow and sleet in winter.

Directions

Driving: 

Verrrazano Narrows Bridge from Brooklyn or the Goethals or Bayonne Bridges from New Jersey to the Staten Island Expressway (Interstate 278).
Take the Hylan Boulevard exit.
Proceed south on Hylan Boulevard.
Turn left at the entrance to Great Kills Park.

Public Transport: 

Bus: Take the S78 from Staten Island Ferry Terminal or the S79 from 95th Street at 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, to the park entrance.