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

photo of 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 citizens and politicians to save…

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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, Flaggs,…

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