Sustaining and enhancing the Greenbelt's
open space in Staten Island, NY through education, conservation, research and prudent recreation

Posts by Michael Dominowski

The broken bench

vandalized bench beside a woodland trail

  By MICHAEL W. DOMINOWSKI The Greenbelt Conservancy The little bench was nearly as old as the Greenbelt path it sat beside. To most who came to visit, the bench had always been there, almost like the forest. And though it was small and rather homely, the bench came to have many friends. Serious hikers…

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How High Rock Park was saved and the Greenbelt got its name

By BRADFORD GREENE The alarming rumor that Camp High Rock was about to be sold to a land developer by the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York began my involvement in July, 1964 with Gretta Moulton, a Scout leader and Staten Island resident. She was determined to save the camp from destruction and she…

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Growing Strong

There are more things to do than ever before in this Year of the Greenbelt.  The Greenbelt Conservancy was founded in 1989, which makes this our 30th anniversary year. 

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On the Trail of Rediscovery

The green highlands of central Staten Island were saved, in the 1960s and ‘70s, by a small but dedicated band of islanders who used one simple tool – the hike – to raise public awareness. Most of the hikes were held in winter because, as one of the original hikers noted, “It was easier to see what was in there.” Join us on along the trails for a weekly hike – all listed on our Events Calendar – to experience some of same trails the founders trod. See the wonders they saw and learn what makes the Greenbelt such a special place. – Bonnie Fritz, Greenbelt Conservancy President

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2019 is the Year of the Greenbelt!

The Greenbelt, at 2,800 acres, the largest of New York City’s many parks, turns 35 this year. The Greenbelt Conservancy which works to preserve this green treasure, will be 30 years old. It’s been 20 years since the Carousel for All Children struck up the band organ, and 15 years since the Greenbelt Nature Center…

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