The Gateway National Recreation Area is a dual-state and tri-borough national park meant to showcase the Greater New York Harbor for all area residents. It includes the Sandy Hook peninsula of New Jersey that is the outer boundary of New York's Harbor, Long Island's Jamaica Bay that is a wildlife refuge, and Staten Island's parks that offer opportunities to visit historic forts and wildlife nature areas. All together, the group of parks is known as the Gateway National Recreation Area. A conservation organization is holding a public design competition for Gateway National Park.

The finalists in the competition are online now and the public is being invited to vote for their favorites. The competition is being sponsored by the Columbia University Graduate School of Architectural Planning and Preservation, The Van Alen Institute, The National Parks Conservation Association, and The Tiffany & Co. Foundation. View and vote on the final designs here.

Rendering from finalist Archipelago Architecture and Landscape Architecture, whose "[un]natural selection" entry suggests uniting "the multiple land areas of Gateway through bridges and pathways across bodies of water."