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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