Finding a good campground isn’t really one of the first things you think about when it comes to New York City, but that might just change. Floyd Bennett Field, an old airport on the edge of Brooklyn, is set to become the largest urban campground in the United States. The location, which is owned by the National Parks Service, is currently home to five campsites, but the new plan would create an additional 600.
“We want to make New York the leading example of what we can do around the country with urban parks,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said this week.
Floyd Bennett Field, more recently known as the “ghost airport,” has seen increasing pressure by the aviation industry to reactivate, especially due to over-congestion in both JFK and LaGuardia airports. The old airport, however, which was once used by Amelia Earhart and Howard Hughes, now belongs to the National Park Service.
Park officials have now decided to turn the old air field into an urban campground, not only to promote camping to city dwellers, but also as a way to provide a more budget friendly alternative to vacationing. The airport is currently home to five basic campsites, and will eventually expand to 600 different places. The park will also be offering camp workshops throughout the summer, plus it has a community garden, a bird watch center, and new developed grasslands.
Although it may seem hard to believe that there might one day be a campground right in the Big Apple, its nonetheless a great idea. Not only will this introduce camping to those who’ve never experienced the great outdoors in this way before, but it also offers a cool way for city dwellers to connect with nature without traveling too far away.