Freshkills Park’s North Park is In Construction
We are excited to announce that construction on Freshkills Park’s North Park is now underway! This milestone 20-acre project will be the first section inside the Fresh Kills Landfill boundaries to become public parkland. Design for the project was completed in March 2016, and the procurement phase ended in June 2016. The project is expected to open in 2020.
At North Park, two miles of paved bike and pedestrian paths will connect visitors to Freshkills Park’s hills and waterways. Overlook structures will provide expansive views of the William T. Davis Wildlife Refuge and several acres of native seed plots operated by the NYC Parks’ Greenbelt Native Plant Center. The seed plots will grow into flowering meadows, with native plants like Purple Coneflowers and Black-Eyed Susans. The project will also include a parking lot just off Wild Avenue, restrooms, and a connection to Schmul Playground.
At 2,200 acres, Freshkills Park will be almost three times the size of Central Park and the largest park developed in New York City in over 100 years. The transformation of what was formerly the world’s largest landfill into a productive and beautiful cultural destination makes the park a symbol of renewal and an expression of how our society can restore balance to its landscape.
The park has been opening gradually since 2012, with the first projects developed along the park boundaries so that people who live nearby are able to enjoy the benefits of the new park space as soon as possible. Owl Hollow Soccer Fields on Arthur Kill Road, the redesign of Schmul Playground on Wild Avenue, and the 3-mile New Springville Greenway along Richmond Avenue are already open to the public.