Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that a new park is in the works for Jamaica, NY.
The 407-acre park will stretch 3.5 miles along the water and is set to open in 2019. This area of Jamaica has never been open to the public before. It used to be a burial ground for the public’s trash, littered for miles with filth and garbage. But now, it will be polished up and made new.
According to Cuomo, “$15 million will be spent building trails, paths, restrooms, concessions and shaded areas for walkers, joggers, bikers, kayakers, fishermen and the like.”
Compared to the less than 15 minute wait time at most Urgent Care centers, it may seem like this park is a lifetime away. But 2019 is closer than you think, and the plans for this park look beautiful.
This former dump will soon be a beacon of beauty. The people of Jamaica will have a great place to get outside, exercise, and enjoy mother nature.
An environmental education center is also expected to go up in this new park, which is set out to be the largest state park that New York City has ever seen.
Although this area has a negative stigma attached to it because of the amount of trash that used to float around at all times, there are already some pretty amazing features that belong to the area. The bay offers an abundant resource for fishing. For more than two centuries, fishing and oyster harvesting have flourished in this Jamaica bay. This will hopefully act as a great attraction to the park once it is established next year.
Talks of this new state park have been happening for quite some time now. Since 2002, the city of New York has been working hard to cap and cover up land fills with “4 feet of earth, and planting more than 35,000 trees and shrubs, along with prairie grasses,” says AM New York. This park will certainly contribute to those efforts.