First Hand Account Of EcoCruise
EcoCruise, a ranger-led tour of the ecology and history of Jamaica Bay, is being greatly praised. Offered by Gateway National Recreation Area in conjunction with New York Water Taxi, the tour brings attention to the beauty of Jamaica Bay and also promotes the use of alternative transportation in our national parks.
Dorothy E. Crowley has recently gone on the EcoCruise and, in her letter to The Wave, provided much insight on the tour. She paints the picture vividly by saying "My husband and I stand on the open deck of the New York Water Taxi ferry moored at Riis Landing on Jamaica Bay enjoying the ocean breezes that drift across Rockaway peninsula. A dozen binocular-carrying passengers and two park rangers are settling into the rows of benches that cross the deck behind us. The EcoCruise of Jamaica Bay is about to cast-off on this overcast Sunday afternoon in late July." The cruise starts at Riis Landing in Rockaway. The final cruise will take place on Sunday, August 17 from 10 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.