Freshkills Park Blog

Volunteers Share Their Thoughts about Freshkills Park

Written by Ingrid Florentino, Volunteer Outreach Intern.

It has been more than 15 years since the Fresh Kills Landfill received the last barge of garbage, and its closure was a victory for the borough of Staten Island. Today, the landfill is in the process of becoming a park and several sections of Freshkills Park are already open to the public.

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Educators: Request a Spring Field Trip to Freshkills Park

Water monitoring during a wetland ecology field trip.

We are now scheduling field trips to Freshkills Park for April and May! These trips are designed to help middle and high school students connect to Freshkills Park through guided walks and interactive activities.

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Design is Underway for Freshkills Park’s Anchor Park Project

On February 1, NYC Parks held a Community “Report Back” Meeting for the Anchor Park Project. Local residents met at the Staten Island Jewish Community Center to review the top priorities for the new park expressed at the November public scoping meeting and to see the proposed conceptual design for the project.

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CreateNYC Develops Cultural Plan for All New Yorkers

A map of Staten Island at a CreateNYC workshop.

In June 2015, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation requiring the City to produce its first-ever comprehensive cultural plan for all New Yorkers. Now the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and Hester Street Collaborative are working together to collect information to inform the cultural plan, called CreateNYC.

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Bushwick-Inlet Park and How Community Advocacy Can Shape NYC’s Parks

Bushwick Inlet Park. Photo by Paul Warchol.

In November 2016, Mayor de Blasio reached an agreement to acquire the 11-acre CitiStorage site on the Williamsburg waterfront for $160 million. This parcel was the final piece needed to complete the 27-acre Bushwick-Inlet Park promised to North Brooklyn residents as part of the 2005 Rezoning Action.  

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Snowshoeing at Freshkills Park

You don’t need to head out of NYC to the nearest ski resort. We have the rolling hills right here at Freshkills Park. Led by artist Tattfoo Tan, discover the trails of Freshkills Park on snowshoes as part of his program New Earth Resiliency Training Module.

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A Park Many Hands Have Built: Understanding Freshkills as Maintenance Art

Image courtesy of onemorefoldedsunset.com.

Mierle Laderman Ukeles first toured Fresh Kills Landfill in 1977. She had just been appointed the New York Department of Sanitation’s first (and only) Artist-in-Residence. At that time, there were landfills in every borough except Manhattan, and Fresh Kills was known as the largest municipal landfill in the world.

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Adirondack Pack Basket Class with Linda Scherz Allen and NERTM

This December, participants learned how to make their own pack baskets during a free two-day workshop with Linda Scherz Allen of Adirondack Basketry. The workshop was presented by Freshkills Park and New Earth Resiliency Training Module (NERTM).

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2016 in Review

Photo: Dimitrios Papanikos.

This past year marked the fifteen-year anniversary of the Fresh Kills Landfill closure. In March of 2001, the final barge of household garbage arrived at the landfill. Later that year, the City of New York announced an international design competition for the development of a plan for Freshkills Park.

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New Poster Pamphlet Illustrates the Freshkills Park Project

Freshkills Park teamed up with the design studio Partner & Partners to create What is Freshkills?, a fold-out poster pamphlet that illustrates the history, engineering, and ecology of the unique 2,200-acre park in an accessible and easily distributed format.

The Fresh Kills Landfill was the largest landfill in the world before it closed in 2001.

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2016 Christmas Bird Count Results from Freshkills Park

Short-eared Owl. Photo by Shayna Marchese.

The 2016 Staten Island Christmas Bird Count took place on Sunday, December 17th. During this yearly event, Staten Island birders spread out in teams to take count of all the birds present at the time.

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A Look Back at “Landscape in Motion”

  • The exhibit included winning contemporary photographs, historic images, and 360-degree panorama experiences.
  • Photographer Dimitrios Papanikos next to his winning photograph.
  • Visitors at the Landscape in Motion opening reception.

Freshkills Park: Landscape in Motion was on view at the Staten Island Arts Culture Lounge Gallery in the St.

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Freshkills Park’s North Park is Getting Closer to Construction

Exciting progress is being made on the first interior park project at Freshkills Park, known as North Park Phase 1. This landmark 20-acre project will connect visitors to views of the park’s hills and waterways.

Freshkills Park has been opening gradually since 2012.

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This Holiday Season, Support the Park’s Momentum

Dear Friends:

This year’s $30 million funding for the Mayor’s Anchor Parks initiative is a wonderful recognition of the progress we’re making as Freshkills Park continues to take shape. The Anchor Parks project, now entering design, will focus on South Park.

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Ideas for the Anchor Parks Project at Freshkills Park

Community visioning for South Park at Freshkills Park has begun. This section of the park will receive $30 million through New York City’s Anchor Parks program to provide new access and amenities, and visioning is the first step in developing a plan for what will be constructed.

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Engaging with the World Through Walking Meditation

Artist Tattfoo Tan and the venerable Thupten Phuntsok explain the water bowl technique.

One sunny morning this November, visitors had the chance to participate in a meditation walk through a closed section of Freshkills Park. This was the second meditation walk offered  by artist Tattfoo Tan and the venerable Thupten Phuntsok of the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art.

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Wetland Restoration Monitoring

Staff and interns collect data at the North Park Wetland Restoration site.

In mid-August, Freshkills Park staff and interns conducted the annual monitoring of the North Park Wetland Restoration. Each year we record how the native plants are doing, whether any invasive plant species are coming back in, and what kinds of wildlife are using the restored site.

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Last Chance to See “Freshkills Park: Landscape in Motion”

Image courtesy of Staten Island Arts.

There’s still time to see “Freshkills Park: Landscape in Motion” at the Staten Island Arts Culture Lounge in the St. George Ferry Terminal. Installed September 22 – December 7, 2016, “Landscape in Motion” is the exhibition capstone to a landscape photography competition organized by Freshkills Park with the Staten Island Advance.

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Freshkills Park volunteers, we want to hear from you!

  • Volunteers help clean up the New Springville Greenway.
  • Volunteers talk with park visitors during a Discovery Day event.

As NYC Parks and the Freshkills Park Alliance work to transition the former Fresh Kills Landfill to a 2,200 acre park, the role of volunteers becomes more and more essential.

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A Look Back at Fall 2016 Field Trips

Jessa Orluk helps students test their seed dispersal designs during a field trip at the park.

Written by Jessa Orluk, Freshkills Park Programming Associate. 

One Wednesday morning this past October, I led a group of ten students down a path next to Freshkills Park’s Main Creek.

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