Tags: Freshkills Park

2016 NYC Bike Map Includes the New Springville Greenway

New Springville Greenway DOT 2016 bike map

 

The New Springville Greenway on the eastern edge of Freshkills Park is included in the New York City Department of Transportation 2016 NYC Bike Map. This 3.2-mile fitness path is part of the seven new miles of off-street bike lanes in New York City.

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A Guide to Discovery Day on May 15th

Discovery Day

 

Freshkills Park will offer Discovery Day on May 15th from 11am to 4pm. During this free public event, 700 acres of the otherwise closed site will be open for outdoor recreation, providing opportunities to explore and learn about the landfill-to-park project.

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Freshkills Park, Fifteen Years after Landfill Closure

Landfill-to-Park-Timeline

 

Fifteen years ago this week, the final barge of household garbage arrived at Fresh Kills Landfill. To celebrate this milestone, the website’s new interactive landfill-to-park timeline illustrates almost 100 years of changes in the area.

The last barge to Fresh Kills marked the end of 53 years of landfill operations.

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Job Opportunity: Seasonal Programming Associate

 

The Freshkills Park Development team is seeking a motivated and energetic Seasonal Programming Associate to deliver the park’s seasonal calendar of activities & events.  The Programming Associate will spend time engaging New Yorkers of all ages with hiking, kayaking, canoeing, birding, environmental education, presentations, arts events, and tours – for a one of a kind park. 

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Freshkills Park Volunteer Survey

Freshkills Park volunteers

 

The Freshkills Park staff is gearing up for its 2016 season and we cannot wait to welcome our volunteers back to the Park for weed warrior days, special events, and park beautification efforts.  As the volunteer program grows, we are looking for feedback from past volunteers about your experience at the park – why you do it, what works well, and where we might be able to improve.

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“Seven Work Ballets” by Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Mierle Laderman Ukeles' Landing

The work of Mierle Laderman Ukeles, the artist-in-residence for the NYC Department of Sanitation for the past 30+ years, is featured in a new book edited by Kari Conte titled “Seven Work Ballets.” According to Sternberg Press, the book focuses on a series of seven grand-scale collaborative performances that took place between 1983 and 2012 in New York, Pittsburgh, Givors, Rotterdam, and Tokamachi.

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Discovery Day Events in May + June Invite the Public to Explore Freshkills Park

Discovery Days

 

Freshkills Park will offer Discovery Day events on May 15th and June 26th, 2016 from 11am to 4pm. During these free events, 700 acres of the otherwise closed site will be open for tours and recreation.

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National Invasive Species Awareness Week

Invasive Species

Happy National Invasive Species Awareness Week! An “invasive species” is a plant, animal, or other organism that’s not native to the ecosystem under consideration whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.

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Students Take a Stand against Plastic Bags after Visiting Freshkills Park

James Madison HS

 

On February 9th, students at James Madison High School built a chain of plastic bags around the school building in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. The project was meant to raise awareness about excessive use of the material and its harmful impact on the environment.

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Get Involved: Volunteer with Freshkills Park!

Volunteer

 

The Freshkills Park Office has started planning for the 2016 season and we’re excited to welcome new and returning volunteers to our growing community.  Your help during public events will make it possible for thousands of people to visit and learn about closed sections of the park.

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Birds Count: Winter 2016

Bird Count

On President’s Day weekend, millions of birds were recorded as part of the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). According to the New York Times, this was the 19th year that both amateur and expert ornithologists worldwide have contributed bird sightings to this citizen science project, run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the National Audubon Society and Bird Studies of Canada.

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Winter Panorama

Freshkills Park winter

This snowy panoramic view was taken this morning from the top of North Mound.  

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Citizen Science: Water Monitoring Project for Students

Water Monitoring

 

This spring, 6th-12th grade students in Staten Island will have the chance to participate in a Citizen Science water monitoring project at Freshkills Park. The project will be overseen by Manager of Science and Research Development Cait Field and fellow NYC Department of Parks and Recreation staff.

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Freshkills Park Helps You Keep New Year’s Resolutions

Kayaking

It’s easy to make resolutions at the start of the new year, but many of us struggle with keeping them for more than a few months. Fortunately, Freshkills Park will be there to help you accomplish a wide variety of goals in 2016.

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2015: An Amazing Year

Discovery Day

It’s been an amazing year at Freshkills Park.  We have accomplished so much!

2015 by the numbers

Over 10,000 people experienced Freshkills Park this year, whether visiting the park during our new Discovery Days, special events, and programs or participating in presentations around the City.

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Design and Development Internships

Freshkills Park is looking for a Development Intern and a Design Intern to join the small staff in the park project’s lower Manhattan headquarters. Both positions are part-time, will involve site visits and provide opportunities to collaboratively contribute to ongoing park planning and project implementation.

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The Twelve Days of Freshkills Park

Snow

 

12 years since James Corner Field Operations won the City of New York design competition.  In 2006, NYC Parks assumed responsibility for implementing the project using Field Operations’ Draft Master Plan as a conceptual guide. The basic framework of the plan integrates three separate systems—programming, wildlife, and circulation—into one cohesive and dynamic unit.

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Swainson’s Hawk Sighting at East Mound

Swainson Hawk - Seth Wollney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Researchers found a rare Swainson’s hawk at Freshkills Park’s East Mound on Tuesday morning. Dr. Richard Veit of The College of Staten Island described the hawk as a western North American grasslands specialist bird.

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Presentations and Walking Tours for Students

Presentations and Walking Tours

 

Freshkills Park staff provides free programs to schools across New York City that allow 3rd-12th grade students to expand their knowledge on the living evolution of Freshkills from a landfill to a park. These learning opportunities,  including ecological implications, community outreach, design and the arts, are not only available in a classroom setting, but in an outdoor environment as well.

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What We’re Thankful For

North Park

Freshkills Park has a lot to be thankful for. In honor of Thanksgiving, we would like to express our gratitude to:

DSNY for their partnership on this great project.

Park Manager Bonnie Williams and her wonderful crew for caring for those sections of Freshkills Park already built.

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