About the Rockaway Park former Manufactured Gas Plant Site

Gas used for cooking, lighting, heating and commercial purposes was manufactured at the Rockaway Park Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) at Beach Channel Drive and 108th Street between the late 1870's and 1958.  During that period, the plant expanded several times as land was reclaimed from Jamaica Bay.  The by-products of gas production that were released on the site are responsible for contamination which is now being addressed through a Remedial Action Plan and Remedial Design approved and being conducted under the oversight of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation by National Grid.    The site is owned by National Grid, which is responsible for the investigation and remediation of the site because it was operated by a predecessor company at the time the contamination occurred.

This website provides information on the Rockaway Park former MGP Site, the remediation projects and opportunities for public participation. National Grid is committed to the protection and enhancement of the environment, always seeking ways to minimize the environmental impacts of our past, present and future activities. We hope this website, a part of our public participation and outreach efforts, is helpful and informative. If you need additional information or have suggestions to make our website better, please contact the individuals listed under Contacts.

Weekly Update

Each Week, National Grid will provide a weekly activity update for neighbors of the Rockaway Park former MGP site. The update will describe the work that has been done in the past week to implement the Remedial Action Plan, and provide a two week outlook for upcoming work, including information about any work that may impact normal community activities. The Archive section of this website will include all of the Weekly Updates.

Current Status and Use of Rockaway Park Former MGP Site
November 2012

The Rockaway Park former MGP site is currently being used to support recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. Utility crews and equipment are presently being staged on the site. In addition, a portion of the location is being used to provide parking for the new MTA ferry service from Rockaway to Pier 11/Wall Street and 34th Street/FDR.

The full remediation of the Rockaway Park former MGP site was completed earlier this year. There is no risk of exposure to MGP-related residuals for commuters using the parking lot. The remainder of the site is being used for Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts and is restricted to authorized personnel.  Please refrain from entering these areas as the moving equipment and vehicles pose a safety hazard to commuters. 

The site is located immediately south of Beach Channel Drive and north of the Rockaway Freeway, between Beach 108th Street to the east and Rockaway Freeway to the west in Rockaway, Queens. If you have any questions or comments, please call the Rockaway Park hotline at
(718) 403-3400


Weekly Update Ending: Week August 31, 2012

National Grid Report on MGP site remediation
To read or download the presentation click here

National Grid’s contractor for the Recovery Well Installation/Development Project continued field work at the Site as part of the National Grid Rockaway Park Former MGP Site (Site) On-site Remediation Program.

The contractor continued the operation of the community air monitoring program (CAMP) to the address the current work on the Site. In accordance with Section 4.0 of the CAMP work plan and the New York State Department of Health guidelines, tripod-mounted portable air monitoring stations were deployed during the performance of the installation of the recovery wells. The tripod-mounted portable air monitoring stations were situated upwind and downwind of the daily drilling locations. There were no exceedances of the CAMP limits related to the installation of the recovery wells.

For the holiday week of September 3, 2012 through September 7, 2012, the Contractor is scheduled to continue the Recovery Well Installation/Development Project. Dust and odor suppression activities will be conducted, as necessary. The contractor will perform general maintenance activities and housekeeping activities in conjunction with the well-installation operations at the Site, as necessary. In addition, during September 2012 the National Grid Project Team will continue to prepare the Construction Completion Report (CCR) to document the completion of the on-site remedial actions.