The site of extensive mining for white kaolin clay in the 19th century, the park's abandoned pits are now filled with rain and spring water and add to a unique composite of habitats. In addition to ponds, the preserve comprises wetlands, sand barrens, streams and woodlands. Designated a Bird Conservation Area, Clay Pit Ponds boasts 180 bird species, including 57 species of migratory songbirds.
This NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation site has some accessible features, including an interpretive center and picnic facilities. A full list of DEC's accessible recreation destinations is available on the DEC website.
Rossville, Staten Island
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Address: 83 Nielsen Avenue, Staten Island NY 10309
Website: Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve (This link leaves DEC's website)
Photo credits: OPRHP
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