New Dorp Lane, Staten Island.
Ranger Station (Building 26) open Wednesday-Sunday, 8:30am-5pm.
Ranger Station is wheelchair accessible, as are all public restrooms. The following parking lots have designated handicapped spaces: Sanchez Drive, Red Brick Building, High School, and the overflow lot.
Gateway NRA (NPS), 718-351-6970.
A recreational area and former Army Air Corps base on Staten Island
World War Veteran's Park at Miller Field—part of Gateway National Recreation Area—was named for Captain James Ely Miller, who was the first American aviator killed in combat in France during World War I. Today, Miller Field serves as the site of many sports and recreation facilities as well as an escape to nature for many New Yorkers. Its Swamp White Oak Forest is known locally as a secluded spot to see a wide variety of birds.
With over 187 acres of open space, Miller Field is home to cricket, soccer, baseball and softball fields as well as a bocce court, playgrounds, and picnic area. Altogether, more than 80 leagues and 2,000 teams enjoy its sports facilities annually.
Historically, the field was once an extensive freshwater wetland which was converted to a working farm by the Vanderbilt family. In 1919, the Vanderbilts sold the property to the U.S. government for use as an Army Air Corps base. Designed to supplement already established coastal defenses, Miller Field reflects the early experimental years of aviation when runways were made of grass. In 1929, Admiral Richard Bird used the airfield to test his new plane and to make final preparations before his historic flight over the South Pole. The National Park Service acquired Miller Field in 1974 and made extensive renovations to the site.
Things to Do
Cricket, soccer, baseball and softball, birding, biking, hiking, fishing, picnicking and community gardening.