Preserving Staten's Island's Great Outdoors

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Stone house headquarters of the Greenbelt Conservancy in High Rock Park Staten Island

When High Rock Park was home

By DOROTHY REILLY In 1912, what we now know as High Rock Park, was comprised of several privately owned parcels of land. The Tonking family purchased 12 acres to establish a poultry business they called “Mayroyd Farm.” Other parts of Staten Island’s central highlands were owned by the Vanderbilt, Walker…

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Ohrback lake in th eStaten Island Greenbelt

When the Greenbelt was welcomed to the family of parks

By KATHLEEN VORWICK In George Orwell’s book “1984,” the world as depicted, would have been a very depressing place. However, in the actual year 1984, a wonderful thing happened. After many years of hard work and studies… The Greenbelt was officially born. Its parents were the farsighted individuals who saw…

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Greenbelt Conservancy President Bonnie Fritz

A super start to spring in the Greenbelt

You may not notice it at the time, but spring will officially arrive in the Greenbelt at 5:58 PM on Wednesday, March 20. That is the moment, in this Year of the Greenbelt, of the vernal equinox, when the hours of daylight and dark are most nearly equal. What you…

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image of a Scout with a hiking staff

A smile and a stick are essential equipment for the traditional hiker

By MICHAEL W. DOMINOWSKI The Greenbelt Conservancy I was making my way along the Blue Trail. Recent rains had turned a short bit of the popular Staten Island Greenbelt hiking path into a shallow, narrow – and very slippery – V-shaped ditch. Which, of course, invited my foot to partake…

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Winter is here in Greenbelt’s parks and trail system!

Throughout the winter months, there are still vistas to enjoy, however – the air is crisp and it’s a great time to explore.  Visibility is broader and birds nests are revealed in the tree tops.  The Greenbelt is home to a range of gorgeous trees – maple, tulip and sassafras, to name a few.  Walk the trails in the winter sunshine to enjoy the open feeling of the forest and the peace and quiet for which the Greenbelt is known. 

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Carousel for All Children is now closed for the season – We’ll see you on Saturday, May 4, 2019 for opening day!

The Carousel in the Greenbelt’s Willowbrook Park is one of the happiest places in Staten Island. For just $2.00, children of all abilities can enjoy a ride set against a backdrop of lush greenery. After, enjoy a stroll around Willowbrook Lake or walk a short section of the White Trail adjacent to the carousel. This magical venue is available to rent for your family or corporate gathering. “

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Have a Picnic

The Greenbelt is a wonderful place to relax with your family and friends and enjoy a picnic. High Rock has picnic benches just inside the main gate. The picnic grove behind the Carousel for All Children in Willowbrook Park offers a shaded spot for your family and friends. A playground,…

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From passers-by to permanent residents: Birds of the Greenbelt

By Cliff Hagen Each year thousands of birds travel through our Greenbelt as they make the round-trip journey from the northern woodlands of New England to all points south. And each year those thousands of birds find our Greenbelt a safe respite, a fruitful woodland along the Atlantic flyway to…

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