Some shores not as green as others

Almost a third of Staten Island, the city’s greenest borough, is park land. Including the 2,200acre Fresh Kills property, slated to become a recreational park, the borough is home to more than 11,000 acres of woods, beaches, parks and preserves. The South Shore’s marinas, the East Shore’s recreational beaches, the West Shore’s Greenbelt and the North Shore’s Clove and Silver lakes give each shore a distinct character. But not every shore is as green as the next.
North Shore The urban North Shore has about 750 acres of park land. Less than 7 percent of Staten Island’s parks are located on the North Shore. Overall, about 8 percent of this section of the Island is green.
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South Shore The 580-acre Great Kills Park adds significantly to the South Shore’s open space. While new construction has made this area appear less lush, the South Shore is still about 40 percent green. 10. Fort Wadsworth 11. Franklin Delano Roosevelt Boardwalk, South Beach/Midland Beach 12. Miller Field Gateway National Recreation Area West Shore 13. Saw Mill Creek Marsh 14. Father Macris Park, Graniteville 15. Fresh Kills Park 16. Willowbrook Park, Willowbrook 17. La Tourette Park and Golf Course 18. The Greenbelt

East Shore The East represents the smallest of the Island’s four shores in terms of total area, but it includes a good 2,251 acres of federal, state and city park land. About 37.5 percent of the East Shore map is green.

North Shore 1. Lawrence C. Thompson Memorial Park, West Brighton 2. Snug Harbor, Livingston 3. Barrett Park, West Brighton 4. Silver Lake Park, West Brighton 5. Clove Lakes Park, West Brighton/Sunnyside East Shore 6. Eibs Pond, Park Hill 7. Alice Austen House & Park, Rosebank 8. Arthur Von Briesen Park, Fort Wadsworth 9. Ocean Breeze Park, Midland Beach
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South Shore 19. Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve, Charleston 20. South Shore Golf Course, Rossville 21. Bloomingdale Park, Rossville 22. Great Kills Park, Great Kills 23. Blue Heron Park, Annadale 24. Wolfe’s Pond Park, Huguenot 25. Lemon Creek Park, Prince’s Bay 26. Mount Loretto, Pleasant Plains 27. Conference House Park, Tottenville

STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE/JAMIE LEE, TEVAH PLATT AND ROXANNE RICKER

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