Highlights from the June 26 Discovery Day

Freshkills Park offered its second Discovery Day event of the year on June 26th from 11am to 4pm. During this free event, 700 acres and eight miles of trails in the normally closed site were open, providing opportunities to bike, kayak, participate in walking tours and activities, and learn about the landfill-to-park project.

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    NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver kayaks with his wife. (Photo: Malcolm Pinckney, NYC Parks)
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    Walking tour with NYC Audubon. (Photo: Malcolm Pinckney, NYC Parks)
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    New York Public Library staff find out how many rubber bands it takes to make a watermelon explode. (Photo: Michael Anton, DSNY)
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    Artist Susan Mills leads a bookmaking workshop using paper she made from phragmites, an invasive weed at the park. (Photo: Michael Anton, DSNY)
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    Kayakers on the morning tour.
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    (Photo: Michael Anton, DSNY)
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    Walking tour with NYC Audubon. (Photo: Malcolm Pinckney, NYC Parks)
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    (Photo: Malcolm Pinckney, NYC Parks)
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    Kite flying with the Manhattan skyline in the distance. (Photo: Michael Anton, DSNY)
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    (Photo: Malcolm Pinckney, NYC Parks)
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    Urban Park Rangers share information about wildlife. (Photo: Malcolm Pinckney, NYC Parks)
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    An osprey family observes the event. (Photo: Malcolm Pinckney, NYC Parks)
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    (Photo: Malcolm Pinckney, NYC Parks)
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    NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver and Staten Island Borough Parks Commissioner Lynda Ricciardone with NYC PEP Mounted Auxiliary. (Photo: Malcolm Pinckney, NYC Parks)
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    (Photo: Malcolm Pinckney, NYC Parks)
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    (Photo: Malcolm Pinckney, NYC Parks)

Thanks to NYC Audubon, Kayak Staten Island, Susan Mills of UnCommon Pages, Artist Eva Neves of Sketch and Stroll, New York Public Library, Urban Park Rangers, and Ted Nabavi of NYC Sanitation for offering programs during the event.

Thanks to New York Cares and Freshkills Park volunteers for their service and enthusiasm.

Thanks to Pratt Industries, Staten Island University Hospital Northwell Health, and Trader Joe’s for their support.

Thanks to the 1,700 urban explorers who visited the park for Discovery Day! Your engagement and interest brings Freshkills Park to life.

Discovery Days are presented by NYC Parks, NYC Department of Sanitation, and the Freshkills Park Alliance. Follow @freshkillspark on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and join the mailing list for information about upcoming opportunities to visit.

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