Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Way It Was (When Gateway Nat'l Rec Area was born)

Plum Beach on Sheepshead Bay 05/1973
                                         Plum Beach on Sheepshead Bay 05/1973
                                         Original Caption: Plum Beach on Sheepshead Bay 05/1973
                                         U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: 412-DA-5382
                                         Photographer: Tress, Arthur, 1940-

It is no small thing that Gateway National Recreation Area exists, and all you have to do is look at some pictures from the time of its birth to see this. It is one of the most visited of all the parks in the National Park Service, and it is no small thing that those in power have forgotten the park's purpose as stated in its enabling legislation,“to preserve and protect for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations an area possessing outstanding natural and recreational features.” "...the Secretary shall administer and protect the islands and waters within the Jamaica Bay Unit with the primary aim of conserving the natural resources, fish, and wildlife located therein and shall permit no development or use of this area which is incompatible with this purpose

HR 2606? Industrial facilities and a natural gas pipeline through this park tearing up three miles of ocean off its shore? This is a development and use of this area which is incompatible with the park's purpose.



A Small Park on Sheepshead Bay 05/1973
                    A Small Park on Sheepshead Bay 05/1973
                    Original Caption: A Small Park on Sheepshead Bay 05/1973
                    U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: 412-DA-5383
                    Photographer: Tress, Arthur, 1940-


More posts on Rockaway Pipeline through Gateway National Recreation Area, HR2606 and the metering and regulating station in the park at Floyd Bennett Field here

2 comments:

Jen said...

Great pictures!

Sweetgum Thursday said...

Had to scan quick to see if my grandmother was there:) (Yes..these are some interesting photos from Documerica project from early 70's)