When you think about parks and wilderness in the state of New York, Brooklyn probably doesn’t come to mind as the most obvious location. And yet, a 407-acre park has just opened along the borough’s Jamaica Bay.
The Shirley Chisholm State Park is a huge chunk of greenery and a pleasing respite from the urban environment with 10 miles of trails, 3.5 miles of waterfront, picnic areas, and free bike rentals. To complete the amazing space, there’s also a beautiful and colorful mural by Danielle Mastrion, commemorating Shirley Chisolm — the first African-American woman elected to Congress, as well as the first to run for president.
The newest and largest state park in New York City, the park sits 130 feet above sea level, on the site of former Pennsylvania and Fountain avenues’ landfills. Visitors to the park will have a view of the Empire State Building, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Jamaica Bay, and New York Harbor.
The second and final phase of the park is scheduled to be finished by 2021. This will include pop-up environmental educational facilities, open lawns, and a new main entrance on Fountain Avenue.