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Jamaica Bay

A New Partnership with the National Park Service
The City of New York, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the National Park Service, are working together on an ambitious plan to turn federal, state and City-owned lands in Jamaica Bay into a new “jewel in the crown” of the national and City park systems. The public entities have developed a vision for the 10,000 acres of combined parklands as a new and unique destination for multi-day stays. The City and NPS are jointly crafting a series of new initiatives to enhance recreation, build resilience for coastal ecosystems and communities, and improve outreach and engagement for youth in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Read the press release from the July 17, 2012 announcement 
Read the Cooperative Management Agreement (in PDF)
Read the press release from the October 27, 2011 announcement 

Jamaica Bay Science and Resilience Center
The City of New York and the National Park Service are seeking partners to establish a top-tier center to promote the understanding of science and resilience in the urban ecosystem and coastal communities. On July 17, 2012, the City and NPS released a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) to solicit proposals from organizations and academic institutions interested in partnering in the establishment of a center for science and resilience in the Jamaica Bay area.

With unrivaled access to the Bay and its associated parklands, and the support of key public and private partners, the center will serve as a leader for future research and best-practice replication in the area. New York City is already home to many of the nation’s leading cultural, artistic and educational institutions. The Jamaica Bay Science and Resilience Center represents a historic opportunity to restore the landscape and set the research agenda of what is now taking shape as the largest park in the nation’s largest city. Proposals are due November 2, 2012.

Download the Request for Expressions of Interest (in PDF)
Read the press release from the National Parks Service, July 19, 2012 (in PDF)
Read the first Q&A responses for the RFEI, August 10, 2012 (in PDF)
Read the first Q&A responses for the RFEI, September 10, 2012 (in PDF)
Read the first Q&A responses for the RFEI, October 10, 2012 (in PDF)
Read the RFEI Process Update, January 11, 2013 (in PDF)