Working in the Quinn Zone This Summer



Jack Quinn works with students from the SYEP program housed at Phelps High School, which sends teams of young people to Kingman Island.

Jack Quinn, one of the seven site managers with the Department of Energy and Environment, Green Zone Environmental Program (GZEP), is in charge of informing the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) participants on the environmental benefits that Kingman Island provides as they observe and enjoy the park. The visitors learn about the environment of Kingman Island and the animals that live in its habitat. Quinn and his workers recommended that others go there more often to enjoy it and learn new things as well.

GZEP hosts up to 350 summer youth and young adults, ages 14-24, who work on many projects in the field in addition to receiving in-class instruction two days a week. At Kingman Island they create boating docks, build warning signs, conduct cleaning teams, and occasionally plant trees. The trees absorb eighty percent of the rainfall which in turn allows Kingman Island visitors to have shelter from the rain.

Quinn said that Kingman Island is a city-owned property with 38 acres of land. Local visitors, therefore, have the opportunity to enjoy playing ball, picnics, fishing, and other special events that may be held on Kingman Island. Just to keep everyone safe, there are often signs that warn of hazardous wildlife like snakes, wolves, and deer in the area daily.

There are 100 unique birds that arrive at Kingman Island since it is one of the rare areas that contains fresh water for wildlife to enjoy. Quinn explained that the Kingman Island’s mud has built up over the years. In the past the island used to be approximately 40-feet deep, but the soil buildup due to erosion has decreased its depth, making it easy for birds to bathe.