2006-04-28 / Community

Gateway Park Sets Jamaica Bay Transportation Study Discussions

The National Park Service (NPS) and the Federal Highway Administration's Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division (EFLHD) have completed transportation studies of the Brooklyn and Queens portions of Gateway National Recreation Area (Gateway). The studies focused on providing safe and efficient travel within Gateway's Jamaica Bay Unit, considering planned growth and development; improving transportation operating conditions; and improving overall the visitor "approach" experience.

The planning, analysis and documentation of these studies has been completed in the Jamaica Bay Transportation Studies Development Concept Plan/Environmental Assessment/Assessment of Effect, which is available on NPS's Planning, Environment and Public Comment website, parkplanning.nps.gov, for public review. In an effort to further inform the public and solicit input regarding solutions, the NPS and EFLHD will be hosting two public information sessions. The first session will be held on May 3 from 6-8 p.m. at the Ryan Visitor Center at Floyd Bennett Field . The second session will be held on May 4 from 6-8 p.m. in the Jacob Riis Park Entrance Pavilion.

Representatives from NPS, EFLHD and their consultants will be on hand to discuss the studies and answer questions. In addition, there will be handouts and displays regarding the four study areas, Floyd Bennett Field, Jacob Riis Park, Riis Landing and Pennsylvania and Fountain Avenues.

The displays will be supplemented by a presentation that will be given periodically throughout the session to fully explain the findings of these studies.

The sessions will be in an open house format that allows for people to come and go at any point between the opening and closing hours. Regular park visitors, neighbors, organizational partners, government agencies and interested citizens are invited to attend.

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