Washington D.C. - May 8th, 2013 - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced $150 million for Gateway National Recreation Area for repairs after Superstorm Sandy. This federal funding is being appropriated through the Department of Interior.
“Gateway National Recreation Area was ravaged by Superstorm Sandy and the park is in need of major repairs,” said Schumer. “This money will help repair the slips at Great Kills Marina for Staten Island boaters and address the beach erosion at Fort Wadsworth.”
Gateway National Recreation Area was seriously impacted by Superstorm Sandy. Critical infrastructure and facilities across Staten Island, Jamaica Bay and Sandy Hook were damaged including extensive damage to utility systems, park buildings, roads, piers, docks, waterfronts, parking lots and cultural resources.
Over $46 million in DOI funding will go towards the Staten Island section of Gateway National Recreation Area. Specifically, $9.2 million will be used to repair storm damage to Great Kills Marina slips, moorings and the dock. Additionally, $6.6 million will be used for repairs to the visitor facilities at Great Kills Beach and harbor-use area and $3.4 million will be used to repair damage to 187 acres at Miller Field Grounds and $4.7 million to repair storm damaged fencing and beach erosion to Fort Wadsworth and Battery Weed. Lastly, $22.7 million will be used to repair and remove damaged seawalls and other coastal structures at Gateway National Recreation Area in Staten Island, Jamaica Bay and Sandy Hook.
The Department of Interior released millions in Hurricane Sandy disaster relief appropriations for projects that will repair and rebuild Interior assets damaged by the storm.