Mid-Island Parks

Credit: Michael Falco

Beyond the Greenbelt, central Staten Island's parks offer a marina, a golf course, wildlife, and more.

Great Kills Park

Part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, the harbor at Great Kills Park offers picturesque views of Staten Island's Eastern shore, punctuated with charming restaurants and marinas. With 580-acres of open space, this park is a haven for wildlife and features a diverse ecosystem. Visitors are welcome to take a dip at the beautiful, life-guarded beach. Trails throughout the park are open to hike, bike, or walk. The harbor features a marina and the parks many waterways are great for fishing and kayaking.

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. Once belonging to the LaTourette family, the parkland still features remnants of its agricultural past, including the LaTourette's mansion. Dating from the 1870s, this beautiful building is on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as the club house for the golf course.