2012-05-11 / Community

Gateway Reopens Ryan Visitor Center



The lobby of the newly-renovated visitor center. The lobby of the newly-renovated visitor center.

Despite the drizzle, a crowd turned out for the reopening ceremonies. Despite the drizzle, a crowd turned out for the reopening ceremonies.

A painting of William Fitts-Ryan, for whom the visitor center is named, was unveiled and will stand in the lobby. Standing by the portrait are Fitts-Ryan’s brother and daughter. A painting of William Fitts-Ryan, for whom the visitor center is named, was unveiled and will stand in the lobby. Standing by the portrait are Fitts-Ryan’s brother and daughter.

One of the new exhibits features a mockup of an aircraft with working control surfaces so that kids of all ages can learn why an airplane stays in the air. One of the new exhibits features a mockup of an aircraft with working control surfaces so that kids of all ages can learn why an airplane stays in the air.

Rockaway resident and park official Rita Mullally shows off a cake baked by a Rockaway bakery for the occasion. Rockaway resident and park official Rita Mullally shows off a cake baked by a Rockaway bakery for the occasion.

Benepe, Turner, Canzanelli and NPS official Lincoln Hallowell cut the ribbon. Benepe, Turner, Canzanelli and NPS official Lincoln Hallowell cut the ribbon.

Congressman Bob Turner speaks about the park. Congressman Bob Turner speaks about the park.

Gateway National Recreation Area Superintendent Linda Canzanelli welcomes participants to the park and talks about what went into the three-year renovation. Gateway National Recreation Area Superintendent Linda Canzanelli welcomes participants to the park and talks about what went into the three-year renovation.

The National Park Service held a celebration last weekend to commemorate the reopening of the Ryan Visitor Center at Floyd Bennett Field, the centerpiece of the renovated former municipal airport and Naval Air Station. The National Park Service held a celebration last weekend to commemorate the reopening of the Ryan Visitor Center at Floyd Bennett Field, the centerpiece of the renovated former municipal airport and Naval Air Station.

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