Idlewild Park Preserve

The Jewel of Southeast Queens

For the past five years, one of the main projects of the Alliance has been the preservation and restoration of the wetlands in Idlewild Park Preserve, an approximately 225 acre natural Forever Wild site located just north of JFK Airport that is not only the Head of the Bay, but is a major source of fresh water to Jamaica Bay,. It is home to many rare species like the snowy egret, ospreys, diamond-back terrapins,  fiddler crabs, etc..

In tandem with wetland preservation and restoration in Idlewild, it is also the goal of EQA to establish an Idlewild Park Salt Marsh Environmental Science Learning Center through which environmental education will be provided to children and families of the community at large. (Go to for further information about our current environmental education programs.)

To accomplish its goals*, the Eastern Queens Alliance formed an Idlewild Park Preservation Committee, a broad-based coalition of community, agency and government representatives who share this vision. High up on its agenda is to generate a sustained spirit of community volunteerism and support. EQA recognizes that community education and community involvement is vital to bring this project to fruition. It invites you to help us to preserve and restore this jewel nature has given us by becoming a part of the Idlewild Park solution!

To work towards the accomplishment of its objectives, the Alliance is actively seeking funding. Thus far, it has applied for and been awarded several small grants from NYS DEC, the Kaplan Fund, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the NYC Environmental Fund, legislative grants from Assembly Member Titus and former State Senator Ada Smith and Con Edison.

Through a contract with EDAW Inc., an international landscape architectural firm, an award-winning master concept plan and schematic design was completed. The implementation of this design for a restored Idlewild replete with trails, walkways, boardwalks, blinds and open classroom areas  will increase not only the opportunities for environmental education and recreation, but for collaboration with research teams in wetland restoration and management, too.  Currently, a subset of that master plan, calling for aquatic restoration, trails, and an open classroom, is under design development.

*See the IdlewildStrategicPlan.pdf for additional information


Idlewild Park Preserve

Idlewild Park Preserve 
Canoe/Kayak Launch

Commissioner Adrian Benepe speaks at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Cutting the ribbon to open the launch!

Out on the  Idlewild Park Preserve Salt Marsh,!

Photos of Idlewild

Fresh Water Pond in Idlewild

Getting Ready to Plant

Trail Building

Building a Bridge Near the Fresh Water Pond


    Gregory Hinds

        1st Place

      5k Run

  Idlewild Park 


    May 20, 2006


Participate in the
5th Annual 
5K Run/2.5K Walk
for Idlewild Park Wetlands

Watch for Date!

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