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Gateway National Recreation Area is an urban oasis. Located in the heart of the nation's largest metropolitan area, it is a close-to-home retreat for millions of people every year. When Congress established Gateway in 1972, it was intended to be a national park within easy reach of the urban residents in the New York and New Jersey metropolitan area. Today, Gateway is at a crossroads and a new vision is necessary to shape the park's future.

We are pleased to present this new vision in our Draft General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement.This plan is intended to guide management of the park over the next 20 years. We invite you to review the draft and share your thoughts with us, and let us know how it addresses your aspirations for the future of the park. The comment period begins on August 2, 2013 and extends until October 22, 2013.

Prepared over the last four years, the draft plan contains various ideas for future management of the park. Some of these came from the public and park partners, and other build upon earlier successes or from lessons learned by day-to-day management of the park since 1972 as directed by the 1979 General Management Plan. We explored a range of alternatives and created the National Park Service's preferred alternative which encompasses what we believe are the best ideas.

Please take this opportunity to help shape the future of the park by sending us your comments. You can do that on this website, by selecting the "Open for Comment" link on the left, or at one of the open houses we will host in the park in August and September. Your thoughtful comments are important to us and will make a difference as we finalize the plan in this year. Together we will develop a final plan that provides a variety of opportunities to have fun, relax and learn while continuing to preserve and protect the resources that make Gateway a great urban national park.

Thank you for your continued interest and involvement in the general management plan process.

Suzanne McCarthy
Acting Superintendent
Gateway National Recreation Area

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Helen Mahan
Planner, National Park Service