North Shore Parks

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Featuring quiet wooded trails, an ice skating rink, rowboats, and playing fields, Staten Island's North Shore Parks offer plenty of fun, close to the Ferry.

Silver Lakes Park

Whether it is swinging a club or a racket, kicking a soccer ball or kicking back, Silver Lake Park's 209 acres is bound to have something for you. Silver Lake Park provides abundant recreational activities amidst plenty of trails and open space to wander. The park features an18-hole public golf course, tennis courts, sports fields, and many other facilities. The natural centerpiece of the park is the lake, which in the last 150 years has served numerous purposes: it provided the setting for a casino and saloon, served the ice harvesting industry, held national skating championships, and became the endpoint of the Catskill water supply system for New York City.

Clove Lakes Park

With 198 acres, Clove Lakes Park features lakes and ponds, outcroppings of serpentine rocks, and Staten Island's largest living thing - a three hundred-year-old tulip tree! One hundred and seven feet tall, this tree has lived through the consolidation of New York City, the Revolutionary War, and the settlement of Staten Island!

Visitors can stroll along trails, rent paddle boats to explore the beautiful bodies of water, or utilize the many baseball diamonds, basketball courts, playgrounds, soccer field, and football field that dot the park's landscape. Clove Lakes Park is also home to the covered Staten Island War Memorial Ice Skating Rink and a restaurant.