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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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Photo Editor Paul Moakley Surveys the Altered Landscape

Oakwood Beach in Staten Island, 2009. Photo by Paul Moakley.

At his talk on October 20, Paul Moakley took an expansive approach to landscape photography. “You could use the landscape to talk about so many different issues,” the photographer, curator for the Alice Austen House Museum, and deputy director of photography at TIME explained, and his talk illustrated that point.

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Finding Away: Waste Education at Freshkills Park

Written by Jessa Orluk, Freshkills Park Programming Associate.

One hot day this past October, a student told me, “Well, our waste has to go somewhere. It’s selfish, but we don’t want it here. It’s not our problem.”

He was one of 16 high school students on a field trip to Freshkills Park.

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2016 Public Programming Survey

Visitors walked and biked across normally closed sections of the landfill-to-park project at Discovery Day.

Thinking about how you can help Freshkills Park?

Each year, NYC Parks offers a range of public programs in normally closed sections of the park. These programs include public events, kayak tours, and art and research-related activities.

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Run a 5k or 10k through Freshkills Park

Runners at the 2015 SIAC Cross-Country Race. Photo by Michelle Fishman-Cross, Run & Shoot Photography.


This November, Staten Island Athletic Club (SIAC) will return to Freshkills Park for their fourth annual Championship Cross-Country Races. Last year’s 10k and 5k races were a huge success with a record number of registered runners, including clubs like the Prospect Park Track Club, Team In Training, NYC Runs, and Central Park Track Club....MORE

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Slanted Studios & MTN GODS Selected To Design Public Installation about Freshkills Park

Slanted Studios & MTN GODS team members with Freshkills Park’s fleet of small electric vehicles.

Through a juried process, Slanted Studios & MTN GODS have been selected to develop a public installation that will engage New Yorkers with the evolving Freshkills Park project.

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Banding Birds to Track Success

A cardinal after being banded at the park.

This summer, researchers from the College of Staten Island operated the first bird banding station at Freshkills Park. The banding station was part of The Institute for Bird Populations’ MAPS: Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship program, which has been in existence since 1989.

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New Freshkills Park Mobile Education Lab Makes its Debut

The Lab enjoys the panoramic views at Freshkills Park.

The exterior has been wrapped in vinyl. Microscopes and lab equipment have been safely stowed away. The disco ball has been installed.

This October, Freshkills Park’s Mobile Education Lab will host field trips for middle and high school students from across New York City for the first time ever.

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Highlights from the September 18 Discovery Day

On Sunday September 18, visitors had a chance to explore and learn about the Freshkills Park project at the last Discovery Day event of the year. These events open hundreds of acres and miles of trails in the normally closed park so the public can witness the landfill-to-park transformation firsthand.

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“Freshkills Park: Landscape in Motion” Public Programs

Fresh Kill Landfill, May 1996. Image courtesy of the Staten Island Advance and Staten Island Institute Archives.

The “Freshkills Park: Landscape in Motion” photography exhibition is now on display at the Staten Island Arts Culture Lounge. The collection of historical and contemporary photographs illustrate Freshkills Park’s ongoing transformation from landfill to public park.

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