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Arts + Culture Programs Intern: Maria Huiza

Maria Huiza

Maria Huiza is the Summer 2017 Arts+Culture Programs Intern for Freshkills Park. She was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, but she has come to call New York City her second home. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Policy with a concentration on Urban Policy at Columbia University.

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When to Visit Freshkills Park this Spring and Summer

We’re excited to announce this year’s spring and early summer calendar of public programs at Freshkills Park! These tours and events offer unique opportunities to visit normally closed sections of the landfill-to-park project. Whether kayaking through the creeks, photographing the landscape, or hiking and bicycling along miles of meadows, these free programs invite the public to learn about the project and enjoy large sections of the park before they open.

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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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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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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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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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Reflections from a Guided Nature Hike

Written by Jessa Orluk, Seasonal Programming Associate

One sunny Sunday morning, my co-worker and I led a guided nature hike at Freshkills Park. We met at Schmul Park, an open section of the Freshkills Park project. As we waited for others to join us, we watched kids climbing up and down the slide and their parents sit in the shade.

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Touring Freshkills Park by Yacht

Several times a year, the AIANY & Freshkills Park planners host a special Classic Harbor Line tour into the Freshkills waterways.  It’s a fascinating tour, full of otherwise inaccessible views and a window into New York City’s historical and current development on the water.

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Support the Freshkills Park Alliance

Creative and innovative programming is the public’s primary means of access to Freshkills Park as its development and build out continues. Support for these programs comes from several sources, including an annual budget from the NYC Parks Department, but the Freshkills Park Alliance (the not for profit partner of Freshkills Park) currently provides most of the Park’s annual budget for program-related expenses.

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Programming Associate: Jessa Orluk

Jessa grew up in a big old farmhouse next to a big old red barn in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. After a childhood with late night summer bonfires, days spent floating on a river, and long drives on New England dirt roads, she knew that the environment would be central to her undergraduate studies.

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Job Opportunity: Programming Operations Coordinator

NYC Parks is looking for a Freshkills Park Programming Operations Coordinator.

The application deadline is January 8, 2016. Additional information is available at the NYC Parks website.

Major responsibilities:

  • Under general supervision, coordinate public program and special event planning and operations on-site at Freshkills Park, including supervision of event staff and logistics and facilities management.
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From Behind the Mounds: Volunteering at Freshkills Park

As Freshkills Park’s programming season is getting underway, so is its volunteer program. From an informational meeting in March to the park’s upcoming Discovery Day, things are just heating up!

March 19th marked Freshkills Park’s first Volunteer Informational meeting at the College of Staten Island.

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