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Bookmaking Workshops at the Greenbelt Nature Center

This winter, Freshkills Park is offering two bookmaking workshops at the Greenbelt Nature Center. Participants will learn about the Freshkills Park transformation, see examples of native and invasive plants, and create their very own passport-sized field notebook using paper that’s made from plants at the park!

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Zero Waste Design Guidelines Help NYC Send Less Waste to Landfills

As part of Archtober, new Zero Waste Design Guidelines were launched at the Center for Architecture on October 18. The Guidelines are an initiative of the Center for Architecture, in collaboration with the AIA New York Committee on the Environment, Kiss + Cathcart Architects, ClosedLoops, and the Foodprint Group.

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Call for T-Shirt Designs – Deadline Extended!

Freshkills Park and Projectivity are looking for new t-shirt designs for the Freshkills Park 2018 season! Ideal designs reflect the following themes:

  • Reclaiming
  • Reinterpreting
  • Reimagining
  • & Recycling the land

The image must be a 2-3 color single image digital file (.jpg, .png, .tiff or PDF), saved in file format: “lastname_tshirt_entry.file”.

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Design for Roads at Freshkills Park Receives ACEC New York Award

Typical section of the proposed 4-lane roadway, with a multi-use path and overland drainage conveyance. (NV5)

This fall, the engineering and consulting firm NV5 received a Diamond award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC New York) for their pre-scoping design for a transportation network across Freshkills Park.

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City Nature Challenge Provides A Snapshot of Urban Biodiversity

The pigeon was found in all participating cities. This observation is from Far Rockaway in Queens. (source: iNaturalist)

In April 2017, sixteen U.S. cities participated in the City Nature Challenge (CNC). For this multi-day event, urban residents competed to observe the most species in their city, at the same time collecting data that conveys a snapshot of the local biodiversity.

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Reflections on FieldWork by Nancy Nowacek

It’s Happening! Celebrating 50 Years of Public Art in NYC Parks, took place in Central Park on October 21st. Included among the more than 100 artworks, performances, and workshops was FieldWork. FieldWork is a choreographed performance by artist Nancy Nowacek, a Freshkills Park Field R/D artist, in collaboration with Morgan Hille-Refakis.

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NYC Parks and DSNY Break Ground on North Park Phase One

Photo: NYC Parks.

NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, joined Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, Staten Island Deputy Borough President Ed Burke and Assembly Member Michael Cusick to break ground on phase one of North Park—a 21-acre section of the former Fresh Kills landfill, which is currently undergoing the largest landfill-to-park transformation in the world.

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Grassland Research Continues at Freshkills Park

With the decline of grassland habitat, less than 1% of original grasslands remain in the Northeast. Meanwhile, the mounds of the Fresh Kills Landfill have been covered by a cap and seeded with native plants, and the engineered grasslands at Freshkills Park are providing vital habitat to many bird species dependent upon them.

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New 1.5°C Plan Aligns NYC with the Paris Climate Agreement

In 2016, nearly every country signed the Paris Climate Agreement. The agreement requires all participating countries to take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to keep the Earth’s temperature from rising two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Two degrees might not seem like a lot, but according to NASA it’s probably the tipping point for widespread ecological problems caused by climate change.

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Highlights from the October 1 Discovery Day

Discovery Day

About 1,000 visitors enjoyed the early fall weather at Freshkills Park during the last Discovery Day event of the year on October 1st. The event provided free access to hundreds of acres and miles of trails in the otherwise closed site, with opportunities to explore and learn about the landfill-to-park project.

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Monitoring the Waterways of Freshkills Park

Catherine Montalvo and Terrance Caviness kayaking on Richmond Creek.

Between June and September, NYC Parks staff conducted weekly water testing at the park to look at the health of the waterways. NYC Sanitation regularly conducts tests to monitor the air, surface water and groundwater at Freshkills Park.

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Call for T-Shirt Designs!

Freshkills Park and Projectivity are looking for new t-shirt designs for the Freshkills Park 2018 season! Ideal designs reflect the following themes:

  • Reclaiming
  • Reinterpreting
  • Reimagining
  • & Recycling the land

The image must be a 2-3 color single image digital file (.jpg, .png, .tiff or PDF), saved in file format: “lastname_tshirt_entry.file”.

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Ballfield at Schmul Park Reopens after $750K Renovation

Photo: Malcom Pinckney, NYC Parks

On Thursday September 14, NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, joined representatives from Deputy Borough President Ed Burke’s Office and Council Member Steven Matteo’s Office to cut the ribbon on a completely reconstructed baseball field at Schmul Park.

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The Staten Island Bluebelt Expands Again

Image: NYC Department of Design and Construction.

The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Department of Design and Construction (DDC) recently completed the Sweet Brook system, the largest expansion to date of the Staten Island Bluebelt. The Bluebelt is an innovative, ecologically protective and cost-effective stormwater management system that minimizes flooding and improves water quality in 16 watersheds on Staten Island.

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Freshkills Park’s North Park is In Construction

North Park

Rendering: View of North Park from the bird observation tower.

We are excited to announce that construction on Freshkills Park’s North Park is now underway! This milestone 21-acre project will be the first section inside the Fresh Kills Landfill boundaries to become public parkland.

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Exploring Freshkills Park with New York Road Runners

 

This summer, New York Road Runners (NYRR) organized two free coach-led group runs at Freshkills Park. Nearly 400 people of all ages came out to run or walk the 3.1 mile and 6.2 mile courses.

The scenic routes took participants along waterways and over the rolling hills of the former Fresh Kills Landfill.

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Discovery Day October 1 Schedule

Freshkills Park will offer a Discovery Day event on Sunday October 1. This free event is a chance to explore normally closed areas of the park and enjoy the landscape and views the landfill-to-park project has to offer. Over 700 acres and eight miles of trails will be open for a day of photography, bicycling, tours, and activities for all ages.

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How to Volunteer at Discovery Day

 

At Discovery Day on Sunday October 1, over 700 acres and eight miles of trails at Freshkills Park will open for a day of activities and recreation opportunities. This free event is a chance to explore the normally closed park and enjoy the unique landscape and spectacular views the project has to offer.

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Thanks to Our 2017 Interns and Staff!

Clockwise from left: Maria Huiza, Terrance Caviness, Catherine Montalvo, Maksym Cohen, Charlie O’Brien, Jessa Orluk

This year the Freshkills Park office had a wonderful group of interns and seasonal staff. As the summer comes to a end, we’d like to express our gratitude for the talented individuals who contributed their ideas, passions, and hard work to the project.

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Volker Goetze Selected for SI Arts and Design Trust Public Art Pilot

Volker Goetze at the “Inside the Bird Chorus” performance in June.

Back in June, artist Volker Goetze performed at Freshkills Park as part of Make Music New York for “Inside the Bird Chorus,” a live, free musical celebration with over 1,200 concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the five boroughs.

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