Preserving Staten's Island's Great Outdoors

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Out of the Woods

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 Jan. 27 for a free discovery hike, for young and old alike, on the 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

photo of Gretta Moulton

High Rock Park and the Greenbelt: In the beginning there was Gretta Moulton

Raised from steel and stone and selfless dedication, Gretta Moulton gate atop Staten Island’s Nevada Avenue marks the entrance to High Rock Park, cornerstone of the Greenbelt. The double-sided gate, anchored by stone pillars on either side, was dedicated to Mrs. Moulton in 1994, some 30 years after she rallied…

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Man standing near a small lake in the high rock park section of the Staten Island Greenhbelt.

Welcome to the Year of the Greenbelt!

By MICHAEL W. DOMINOWSKI The calendar has opened a new year; the season has changed – and so has the Greenbelt Conservancy! During the coming months of 2019 we will be celebrating some notable anniversaries of events that made the Greenbelt the largest all-urban parkland in America. The Greenbelt was…

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snow covered woodland trail on Staten Island

Happy holidays!

  Happy holidays and best wishes for the coming year from the Greenbelt Conservancy board, staff and volunteers          

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image of the book High Rock and the Greenbelt: The Making of New York City's Largest Park

A wonderful book and gift idea for Greenbelt fans

The 164-page, hardcover edition with color photographs tells the story of one of the most successful open-space preservation efforts in the nation, with a not-for-profit management structure still in place today. In the 1960’s and 1970’s, local citizens took on master planner, Robert Moses and won.  The outcome is today’s Greenbelt with its acres of natural areas, miles of trails and attractive parks and facilities.

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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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Hiking and Trail Running

There are six major Greenbelt trails that offer diverse hiking experiences for people of all abilities. Four woodland trails, on which bicycles and motorized vehicles are prohibited, are identified by the color of their blaze marks.

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Multi-use Perimeter Trail: Run, bike, hike or simply stroll

The multi-use trail is more of a path, much wider than the Greenbelt’s wooded trails.  The family-friendly 2.6 mile all-season trail is covered mostly with crushed gravel, gravel dust and screenings. It slopes gently downward as it extends westward from Rockland Avenue along Forest Hill Road to Richmond Avenue. Near…

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