World War Veterans Park at Miller Field
World War Veteran's Park at Miller Field - part of Gateway National Recreation Area - was named for Captain James Ely Miller, who was the first American aviator killed in combat in France during World War I. In 1929 Admiral Richard Bird used the airfield to test his new plane and to make final preparations before his historic flight over the South Pole. Today, Miller Field serves as the site of many sports and recreation facilities as well as offering an escape to nature for many New Yorkers. Its Swamp White Oak Forest is known locally as a secluded spot to see a wide variety of birds.
The field was once an extensive freshwater wetland which was converted to a working farm by the Vanderbilt family. In 1919 the Vanderbilts sold the property to the U.S. government for use as an Army Air Corps base. Designed to supplement already established coastal defenses, Miller Field reflects the early experimental years of aviation when runways were made of grass. This fascinating aspect of Staten Island's history can be explored through exhibits on display at the Ranger Station, Building 26.
The National Park Service acquired Miller Field in 1974 and made extensive renovations to the site. It is currently a popular recreation area with 187 acres of open grounds, home to a variety of sports fields (soccer, football, baseball, softball, and cricket), a bocce court, playgrounds, and picnic area. Altogether, there are 80 leagues and 2,000 teams that enjoy Miller Field's sports facilities throughout the year. Call 718-351-6970 for permit information.
A Community Garden is located at World War Veterans Park at Miller Field. Call 718-351-6970 for information on Garden Permits.
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.
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 on New Dorp Lane for Miller Field.
Bus: Take the S76 from Staten Island Ferry Terminal to New Dorp Lane and entrance to Miller Field.