Freshkills Park Blog

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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Mandi Gavois Shares Photographs of Freshkills Park in Sweden

Mandi Gavois

“With the ship comes the wreck” by Mandi Gavois.

Artist Mandi Gavois’ solo show of photographs and sculpture at Galleri Thomas Wallner in Simris, Sweden, includes photographs of Freshkills Park. The show’s central panorama photograph of Freshkills is titled “With the ship comes the wreck,” which is also the title of the show.

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Bird Banding Returns to Freshkills Park

Common Yellowthroat. Photo by José Ramírez-Garofalo.

Researchers from the College of Staten Island, led by Dr. Lisa Manne and Dr. Dick Veit, are operating a bird banding station at Freshkills Park for the second consecutive summer. In 2016, they banded over 20 species of birds, including orchard orioles, hairy woodpeckers, and yellow warblers.

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Water Quality Intern: Maksym Cohen

Maksym Cohen

Maksym Cohen is Freshkills Park’s Water Quality Intern for the summer of 2017. He grew up in Port Washington, New York and currently lives in Albertson, New York. He is entering his senior year at the University of San Diego where he is pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies.

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Confluence: Artists on Water and Change (VIDEO)

Confluence

Photo by Dylan Gauthier.

In October, 2016, to launch the Field R/D public art initiative, co-curators Mariel Villeré and Dylan Gauthier organized a public boat tour of Confluence, the meeting of two historic rivers at the center of the future Freshkills Park.

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Arts + Culture Programs Intern: Maria Huiza

Maria Huiza

Maria Huiza is the Summer 2017 Arts+Culture Programs Intern for Freshkills Park. She was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, but she has come to call New York City her second home. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Policy with a concentration on Urban Policy at Columbia University.

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Trash to Treasure

Contemporary artists have found a new way to recycle discarded objects by transforming them into beautiful artwork. This unconventional technique has proven to be wildly popular and it echoes the Freshkills Park message that trash can be transformed into something beautiful.

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Programming Associate: Catherine Montalvo

 

Catherine Montalvo (a.k.a “Cat”) is a seasonal Programming Associate at Freshkills Park. She’s from a part of Queens, New York that is known for its expansive beaches and boardwalk. She recently graduated from Syracuse University with a BS in Biology and Minor in American History.

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A Look At “Inside the Bird Chorus”

Inside Bird Chorus

Freshkills Park celebrated summer solstice on June 21 with Make Music New York for “Inside the Bird Chorus” where the woodlands and grasslands meet in South Park. Naturalist Seth Wollney led an auditory bird tour and trumpeter Volker Goetze accompanied their songs in a performance of original and improvisational compositions as the sun set on the longest day of the year.

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Communications Intern: Charlie O’Brien

 

Charlie Rae O’Brien is the summer 2017 Communications Intern for Freshkills Park. She is from Westfield, New Jersey, and she is a rising junior at The Ohio State University, majoring in Strategic Communications with minors in Business and History.

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NYC Parks is Mapping Raptor Nests in Freshkills Park and Beyond

Photo by Daniel Avila, NYC Parks.

In 2016, NYC Parks created a Wildlife Unit in response to the city’s rising wildlife population and the challenges they present—more than 600 native wildlife species currently call our city home. The unit serves as an informed resource for citizens and policymakers, and aims to create a future where urban animals are an understood and appreciated part of the city.

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Your Guide to Summer and Fall Programs at Freshkills Park

This calendar of public tours and events offers unique opportunities to visit normally closed sections of the landfill-to-park project. Whether kayaking through the creeks, photographing the landscape, or hiking and bicycling along miles of meadows, these free programs invite the public to learn about the project and enjoy large sections of the park before they open.

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Run Freshkills Park with New York Road Runners

Photo by Michael Leto

This summer, New York Road Runners is organizing two free exploratory runs or walks through Freshkills Park! The 3.1 mile and 6.2 mile courses both start and finish near the center of the closed 2,200-acre park.

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