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Natural Resources

The Greenbelt’s natural and “Forever Wild” areas support rare habitats such as wetlands, forests, woodlands, meadows, and native rare plant species.  They are accessible through our extensive trail system located in an urban setting. Read more about how this precious resource is managed and cared for.

 

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Greenbelt Parks & Facilities

Freshkills Park Greenway (currently being surveyed)

Freshkills Park Greenway (currently being surveyed)

Topographic and Tree Surveying and Site Investigations will be ongoing through April 2011 as part of design work for the off street bicycle and pedestrian path being designed along the edges of William T. Davis, Freshkills Park and La Tourette Park.  Survey and Site Investigation work is aimed at gathering as much information as possible on [more...]

High Rock Park

High Rock Park

High Rock Park is the cornerstone of the Greenbelt and one of the area’s most popular “Forever Wild” parks. High Rock was designated a National Environmental Education Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior in 1971. School and enrichment programs serve students from pre-school to college-level, instilling an [more...]

High Rock Park History

High Rock Park History

Often referred to as one of the most tranquil places in New York City, High Rock Park is noted for its quiet ponds and deep woods. Hosting the Greenbelt Conservancy’s headquarters, the park has been recognized as a Natural Environmental Education Landmark. Over the past two centuries, prominent Staten Island families including the Vanderbilts, [more...]

Visit the Nature Center

Visit the Nature Center

The centrally-located Greenbelt Nature Center is a hub for a wide range of Greenbelt activities and programs. Here you may view the Richmond County Savings Foundation exhibits to learn about Greenbelt history, geography, flora and fauna, and current happenings. “Into the Outdoors” public programs includes a range of programs including art [more...]

Willowbrook Park

Willowbrook Park

Enter from Eton Place off Richmond Avenue or Victory Boulevard Willowbrook Park’s central location makes it easily accessible, yet this popular park is sufficiently isolated from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding area.   Easy access to the Greenbelt’s White Trail and woodlands lie beyond Willowbrook park.  The park is also [more...]

Carousel for All Children in Willowbrook park: Hours and Rental Opportunities from May – October

Carousel for All Children in Willowbrook park: Hours and Rental Opportunities from May – October

Since 1999 the Carousel For All Children has been bringing old-fashioned fun back to Staten Island. Kids of all ages can clamber aboard their favorite hand-carved wooden animal figure and enjoy one of yesteryear’s most popular pastimes in one of the Greenbelt’s loveliest settings.  From May through October the Greenbelt Conservancy is [more...]

Recreation Center

Recreation Center

Here are some of the other offerings at this new facility: After-school program for children ages 6-13 Piano lessons for youngsters and teens Computer training classes – including Word and Excel programs Billiards classes Tai Chi Self-defense classes Yoga for limited mobility / Stretch & Tone / Burmese style Hip-hop aerobics for [more...]

LaTourette Public Golf Course

LaTourette Public Golf Course

La Tourette Golf Course is an 18-hole par 72 public course that sets a high standard for city-owned courses. It features rolling fairways and sweeping views. The course sits on the grounds of the former David LaTourette farm (established in 1830). LaTourette was designed in 1920 by David L. Reese; John Van Kleek designed nine new holes and [more...]

Moses' Mountain

Moses' Mountain

In the early 1960s Robert Moses, the notorious New York City planner and Parks Commissioner attempted to construct the Richmond Parkway over Todt Hill cutting through what is today’s Greenbelt. Earth and rock blasted away for the highway was hauled to a remote area eventually forming a 260-foot-high mound ironically nicknamed [more...]

Native Plant Center

Native Plant Center

This facility is not open to the public; Reach staff at (718) 370-9044 The Greenbelt Native Plant Center (GNPC), a facility of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, is a 13–acre greenhouse, nursery, and seed bank complex located on Staten Island, NY. The Center is located on the former Mohlenhoff family [more...]