NYC's Floyd Bennett Field could eventually offer 600 public campsites in the city.
As part of the America’s Great Outdoors initiative, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has proposed a series of steps to link local communities, especially young people, with parks and other open spaces in New York City.
In addition to trail and greenway projects, one of those projects is the National Park Service's development of the largest urban park campground in America at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.
Currently, a small portion of the former airfield contains the only overnight campsite in a park within New York City. Over a two-year period beginning in 2011, the campground will expand from five to 90 sites, including both traditional campsites and RV sites. The campground could ultimately contain 600 sites.
According to a DOI press release, special outreach to underserved communities around the area will introduce families to camping skills and equipment in their home neighborhoods and will facilitate participation in overnight use, complete with campfire programs, kayaking and swimming opportunities.
“One of the major goals of the America’s Great Outdoors initiative is to provide better access to parks and outdoors spaces for the 80 percent of Americans that live in urban areas,” said Will Shafroth, Counselor to the Secretary for America’s Great Outdoors. “This project at Floyd Bennett Field and the larger collaboration between the National Park Service and partners in the New York City area is an example of the great work we can do in cities across America.”