The Alliance, NYC Parks and DSNY seek to promote responsible and innovative strategies for environmental sustainability and ecological restoration through collaborative investigation, demonstration and instruction.
Freshkills Park is a platform for generating knowledge applicable to a broad range of urban environmental issues, at this site and others: reforestation, habitat restoration, wildlife biology, soil productivity, water quality, alternative energy generation, and even attitudes toward park usage. While parts of the park are under construction other areas will remain undeveloped; with 2,200 acres of land there is opportunity for research projects in a variety of disciplines. The City hopes to capitalize on this available undeveloped land by collaborating on research studies and permitting access that is restricted to scientists, technicians and students. Initial projects are already underway with the United States Forest Service, CUNY’s College of Staten Island (CSI) and Hunter College, and NY/NJ Baykeeper among others. The Department of Parks & Recreation continues to seek partners in academia, museums, government and the private sector in the interest of refining and targeting research questions toward the advancement of study and the pursuit of funding opportunities.