The Freshkills Park Alliance is the not-for-profit partner with the City of New York in its work to develop Freshkills Park. The Alliance helps ensure the Park’s evolution and continuing operation by raising necessary financial resources, promoting environmental research and ecological restoration, engaging advocates and volunteers, and sponsoring a broad range of recreational, cultural, and educational programs for the public.
The Freshkills Park Alliance supports the transformation of the Fresh Kills Landfill into an extraordinary 2,200 acre urban park that will be a model for sustainable waterfront land reclamation, a source of pride for Staten Island and New York City, and a gift of open space for generations to come.
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, soil production, 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 many different things can happen at the same time. The City hopes to capitalize on this available undeveloped land by collaborating on research plots and permitting access that is restricted to scientists, technicians and students. Initial projects are already underway with the United States Forest Service and CUNY’s College of Staten Island (CSI) and Hunter College, 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.
Tours, events, art installations, learning experiences – we offer opportunities to experience the park while the process of site transformation goes forward. The Alliance sponsors annual public events, where thousands of New Yorkers and visitors have come to hike, kayak, fly kites, and join in activities for families and urban adventurers alike. In addition to public events, the park organizes seasonal special interest tours including photography, birding, kayaking, and hiking. Field trips offer 6th-12th grade students the unique opportunity to visit and learn about the site. The varied landscape of Freshkills Park presents unique possibilities for art programming. In partnership with arts organizations and museums, the Alliance works to bring artists into the site to develop and realize projects. Whether a performance, activity, or installation, these projects engage the public with the site’s history, current conditions, and future.