Freshkills Park Blog

Reintroducing Natural Systems to Create Healthier, More Resilient Cities

NY/NJ Baykeeper staff and Freshkills Park interns conduct biodiversity monitoring.

Storm surges reached near record highs in Boston during an intense winter storm early this year. Storms are being seen with increasing strength and frequency throughout the country, and they’re being coupled with increasing costs of repairs and restorations.

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New Studio + Gallery Opens with “The Fantastic Voyage” Exhibition

Design: Cole Orloff

“The Fantastic Voyage”
On view January 21 – May 20, 2018
2240 Richmond Avenue, Staten Island, NY

Stefani Bardin and Assaf Tamir’s “The Fantastic Voyage” is an immersive installation exploring the role of food production in our personal health and the health of the environment.

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Robin Nagle at Sunview Luncheonette for Field R/D

Photo by Natalie Conn.

On December 12, Robin Nagle gave a talk “Victory Boulevard, For Real” at the Sunview Luncheonette in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The talk focused on the history of Fresh Kills Landfill and the transformation into Freshkills Park from an anthropologist’s perspective, situating the story of site regeneration in the history, culture, and systems of garbage in New York.

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2017 in Review

2017

Photo by Michael McWeeney.

In November of 2017, Freshkills Park celebrated the groundbreaking at North Park. The event signaled the start of construction on the 21-acre project, which will be the first section inside the Fresh Kills Landfill boundaries to become public parkland.

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2017 Christmas Bird Count Results from Freshkills Park

The Freshkills Park Christmas Bird Count team surveys on top of West Mound.

The 2017 Christmas Bird Count took place in Staten Island on Saturday, December 16. As part of this yearly tradition, Staten Islanders spread across the Island to count as many different species as possible.

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Thank You, 2017 Volunteers!

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Thanks to everyone who volunteered at Freshkills Park in 2017! This year, nearly 200 volunteers contributed over 500 hours of community service with Freshkills Park. These activities ranged from removing invasive plants during neighborhood park cleanups to assisting visitors at Discovery Day events.

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Counting New Springville Greenway Visitors

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This summer, two years after Freshkills Park’s New Springville Greenway opened, staff installed two Eco-Counter sensors to see how many people are using the new path. Eco-Counters have been used by cities and parks across the world to aid in the understanding of transportation systems like bike paths and pedestrian walkways.

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We Have So Much to Build On At This Moment

“It was a unique and fun experience exploring a side of Freshkills that not many have yet. I cannot wait to continue watching this amazing transition!”- 2017 Tour Participant

Dear Friends:

As we broke ground on the North Park project on a beautiful sunny day this fall, it was wonderful to see the excitement and support for the project.

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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

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 selected image will be screenprinted on a white short sleeve tee.

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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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