Photo Courtesy Of Jeremy Drakeford

Officials from the Parks Department and the National Parks Service are collaborating on plans to bring food concession stands, and bike and kayak rentals to Jamaica Bay, according to a report by the New York Daily News.

Officials hope that an expansion of services in the region will go hand-in-hand with the restoration of the bay.

“We’re excited about the future plans for Jamaica Bay,” Dan Mundy Jr. of Jamaica Bay Eco-Watchers told the Daily News. “People will have greater access to the bay and we will also be able to keep up with restoration programs.”

Dan Hendrick, who is making a documentary called Jamaica Bay Lives, told the Daily News that increased tourism friendly activities around the bay will have a positive impact on the community that lives near the bay.

But Hendrick said many area residents have a “disconnect” with the bay because they consider it polluted. He hopes by opening it up to different kinds of recreation — such as camping in areas such as Floyd Bennett Field — they will develop a connection.

While its nice that the Parks Department and the National Parks Service want to create a more tourist friendly Jamaica Bay, there is also a mixed message being sent as the industrialization of Floyd Bennett Field continues with the development of the Jamaica Bay pipeline project.

Despite this, officials are excited about transforming Jamaica Bay into a hotter tourist destination, hoping that added amenities will spark a resurgence of interest.

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  • Barbara

    Good point about “industrialization”. The metering and regulating station they want to build in the hangars doesn’t belong there. New Yorkers need parks that give them relief from the pressures of living in a big city. We should not sacrifice one square inch, let alone 60,000 sq. ft. of precious park land. The fact that Floyd Bennett Field is seen as rundown and not beautiful today is the worst reason to think of putting things like this there. It will just give the political hacks and numbskulls running NPS and Parks the excuse they need to “partner” with corporations whose bribes…uh…I mean grants they’re always down on their knees begging for.

    What Gateway and Floyd Bennett Field DON’T need are things like this that will keep people away rather than avail themselves of a great open space that could someday be a real gem, the jewel in the crown of urban parks that NPS and the politicians and their Blue Ribbon Panel keep saying is what we could have if we invested in places for New Yorkers to enjoy.

    Once you let one in, there’s no keeping any number of them out.

    • nolastname

      Bloomberg opened these doors, and slammed them on sleeping citizens.

  • nolastname

    Yup, hell in a hot rod!

  • Gas Stinks

    If people have a disconnect with the Bay now, imagine how they will feel if and when they build that awful, polluting metering station.