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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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Thanks to Our Summer 2016 Interns and Staff

The Freshkills Park office has had a group of amazing interns and seasonal staff this year. As the summer comes to a close, we’d like to thank all the talented individuals who went above and beyond what was asked of them and made meaningful contributions to the park project.

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“Freshkills Park: Landscape in Motion” Opening

Birds fly over the piles of garbage at the Fresh Kills Landfill in 1993. Image courtesy of the Staten Island Advance and Staten Island Institute Archives.

Starting September 22, the Freshkills Park: Landscape in Motion photography exhibition will be on display at the Staten Island Arts Culture Lounge.

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Grassland Birds at Freshkills Park

Freshkills Park’s grasslands represent a suitable habitat for birds like the grasshopper sparrow.

At a time when grasslands have drastically declined across the country, the reclaimed land at Freshkills Park is providing a habitat for grassland bird species.

Because grasslands are favored for agricultural production, they have largely been converted into cropland and pastures.

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Learn with Freshkills Park’s Mobile Education Lab

This summer, NYC Parks staff have been working hard to re-imagine education programs at Freshkills Park. The landfill-to-park transformation is a poignant backdrop for education—each day, we witness how ecology, engineering, design, history and social sciences interact to solve 21st century challenges.

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Discovery Day September 18 Schedule

Walking tour with NYC Audubon. (Photo: Malcolm Pinckney, NYC Parks)

Freshkills Park will offer a Discovery Day event on Sunday September 18th from 11am to 4pm. During this free event, 700 acres and eight miles of trails in the normally closed site will be open, providing opportunities to explore and learn about the landfill-to-park project.

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Landscape in Motion Exhibition and Programs

Ryan Lavis’ winning submission in the Professional category

Starting September 22, the Freshkills Park: Landscape in Motion photography exhibition will be on display at the Staten Island Arts Culture Lounge. Through a collection of photographs and a calendar of programs, Landscape in Motion will illustrate the transformation of the Fresh Kills Landfill on the Island’s West Shore to a public park.

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Artist DB Lampman to Create Permanent Sculpture in Stapleton

DB Lampman’s “I Am Within/I Am Without” at Freshkills Park.

Staten Island-based artist DP Lampman has been selected to create an art installation as part of the NYCEDC New Stapleton Waterfront project.

In 2011, Lampman unveiled Freshkills Park’s first temporary on-site art installation, I Am Within/I Am Without.

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Freshkills Park is One of Five “Anchor Parks”

The park will receive $30 million in funding for major capital advancements.

Freshkills Park Rendering, James Corner Field Operations

On August 18, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito, and NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver announced that the City will invest $150 million in major improvements at five large parks under the new Anchor Parks initiative.

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