Staten Island Parks and Recreation — Part 1

Escape into Nature — “The Greenest Borough”

Part 1

Full trees, green grass, and lush expanses of untouched nature make this the greenest of any other borough. With over 170 parks (9,000 acres of green space), it’s no wonder that Staten Island is called “The Greenest Borough”. There are more than 12,300 acres of protected parkland — that’s more than one third of the Island’s total land mass!

Taking advantage of these Staten Island will make you forget you’re just minutes from Manhattan as you experience the charm of the countryside

Bloomingdale Park

Bloomingdale Park is a 138-acre retreat in Southern Staten Island featuring pathways, jogging trails, ball fields, a soccer field and basketball court. There are also plenty of wooded trails and a handicapped-accessible playground.

Conference House Park

The Conference House Park houses four historic buildings that trace the history of the borough over the course of three centuries. Soak in the breathtaking views of the Raritan Bay, while you enjoy the 267-acre park boasting a newly refurbished playground, a visitors center, 2.5 miles of beach, expanded paths and hiking trails, biking trails and six kayak launch points.


At nearly 3,000 acres, more than three times the size of Central Park, Greenbelt is a haven for nature lovers. Stretching across the heart of Staten Island with a series of forests, meadows, wetlands, ponds, and parks, there are miles of trails of varying difficulty for hikers and bikers, bringing you through the Greenbelt’s many peaks and valleys.

Mid-Island Parks: Great Kills Park

Great Kills Park is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area covering 580-acres of open space. Offering picturesque views of Staten Island’s Eastern shore and punctuated with charming restaurants and marinas, this park is a haven for wildlife. The beach is life-guarded and the trails throughout the park are open to hike, bike, or walk. The harbor features a marina including many waterways for fishing and kayaking.

Mid-Island Parks: LaTourette Park

The LaTourette Park section of the Greenbelt has diverse forest ecology, featuring woodlands and wetlands that preserve threatened flora and fauna. The park has well maintained hiking trails, a new bike path, a public golf course, model airplane flying and softball.

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