How to Discover Freshkills Park on May 15th

How to Discover Freshkills Park


Freshkills Park will offer a Discovery Day event on Sunday, May 15th from 11am to 4pm. Thanks to the support of program partners, sponsors, and collaborators, there will be lots of ways to discover the landfill-to-park project.

5K Run/Walk
Just before Discovery Day begins, the Mid Island Rotary Club of Staten Island will host a 5K Run/Walk at the park starting at 10:30am. For details and registration visit

Music and Food Trucks
WSIA DJ Krystal Lake will play music during the event. There will also be food trucks available for lunch at the park.

NYC Audubon will offer free guided bird walks to experience the benefits that the restoration of Freshkills Park is having on local wildlife. Artist Eva Neves and DSNY Program Manager for End Use Development Robin Geller will also lead free educational tours.

City Parks Foundation will bring their traveling puppet show, The CityParks PuppetMobile, to Freshkills Park at 2:30pm. The Urban Park Rangers will lead an activity called “Deer Survival Game,” which illustrates how wildlife share space with people. The NYC Compost Project will have educational activities and information about composting.

Kayak Staten Island will lead two tours along the creeks at Freshkills Park. Tours will be available at 1:30pm and 3:00pm. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR KAYAKING TOURS. Sign up will open at 9am on Sunday May 1st.

Bike Rides
The Freshkills Park Alliance will provide free bike rentals during the event, and visitors are welcome to bring their own bicycles into the park. Transportation Alternatives will also lead a social ride through the park.

Special thanks to Pratt Industries and Panera Bread for sponsoring Discovery Day on May 15th.

Volunteers make events at Freshkills Park possible. Thanks to Volunteer Heart Ambulance of Staten Island, New York Cares, Kayak Staten Island, New York Road Runners, and Freshkills Park volunteers for their service.

Getting There
Parking will be just outside Freshkills Park in the lots near 350 Wild Avenue in Staten Island. From there, visitors can take a shuttle bus or walk or bike one mile to the main hub. A free shuttle will also make trips to and from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in St. George (Ramp E, Taxi Stand) during the event.

Discovery Day is presented by NYC Parks, NYC Department of Sanitation, and the Freshkills Park Alliance. Follow @freshkillspark for more details.

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