Restoration Begins At Floyd Bennett Field
The National Park Service (NPS) is set to begin a long-awaited phase one restoration and improvement project at the William Fitts Ryan Visitor Center at Floyd Bennett Field. The work will include the repair and restoration of interior finishes and architectural features that will bring the building back to its 1939 appearance when it served as the airport's passenger terminal building.
Improved visitor amenities will include new exhibits, a new bookstore, fully renovated restrooms, an elevator, and new information and permitting areas. Visitors will also be able to enjoy the comforts of a new heating and air conditioning system. A full upgrade of the building's electrical and plumbing system will also be part of the $4.8 million restoration, a project made possible by the strong support of Congressman Anthony Weiner.
To facilitate the restoration work, on February 1, 2009 Gateway will close the Ryan Center for approximately 18 months. During that time the ranger staff and all visitor services will transfer to the Ranger Station at the entrance to Floyd Bennett Field. For more information visitors should contact Jennifer Bethea at 718-338-3799.