New York City may soon be getting an expansive new green space—if Governor Andrew Cuomo has anything to do with it, anyway. As part of his State of the State speech on Wednesday, Cuomo announced plans to construct a new, 407-acre state park near Jamaica Bay.
Details about what this park will look like, or even where, specifically, it will be located, are scant at this point. In a press conference this afternoon, Mayor Bill de Blasio stated that the park would be built “on federal land fronting on Jamaica Bay” that’s near Spring Creek, but did not elaborate further.
In November, Curbed contributor Nathan Kensinger explored the area near Spring Creek, and noted that several projects were underway to improve the natural landscape there:
Government agencies at the city, state, and federal level are now collaborating on several projects that could help improve the health of this denigrated watershed. In the northern section of Spring Creek Park, near Lindenwood, a reforestation project is now underway by the NYC Parks Department’s Natural Resources Group, while in the southern section of the creek, the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation is directing a Storm Resilience and Ecosystem Restoration project. And this September, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released an initial report for a possible restoration project in 47 acres of Spring Creek’s salt marsh.
The park would join just a handful of state parks located within New York City, including East River State Park, Hudson River Park, and Riverbank State Park. The area Cuomo mentioned is also home to Floyd Bennet Field, the only national park in New York City.
Additionally, Cuomo announced that the state will make further investments in Hudson River Park in an effort to complete the full 4.5-mile expanse; that explains, presumably, his intervention in the fight over Pier 55 last fall.