On May 15th, June 26th, and September 18th, a total of over 4,000 visitors had the chance to explore 700 acres and 8 miles of the otherwise closed site with free tours and recreation.
NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, joined Deputy Borough President Ed Burke, Assemblyman Michael Cusick, NYC Department of Sanitation Chiefs Steve Montanino and Chief Adam Conanan, Staten Island Parks Commissioner Lynda Ricciardone, and Freshkills Park Administrator Eloise Hirsh to cut the ribbon on the New Springville Greenway located along Freshkills Park on Richmond Avenue. Read the Daily Plant Article.
In partnership with CUNY Macaulay Honors College, over 400 Macaulay students, nature lovers and citizen scientists canvassed 300 acres of North Park during BioBlitz to count the plants and animals that call the park home.
The data collected from the 24-hour survey will help Freshkills Park begin to document the resurgence of wildlife and the biodiversity at the site, and will be used throughout the year in CUNY Macaulay Honors College classes and projects.
Construction on the New Springville Greenway was completed in the summer of 2015. The 3.2-mile path along the eastern edge of Freshkills Park creates north/south bike access parallel with Richmond Avenue.
Edited by Will Ellis, with videography by Will Ellis and Arbuckle Industries.
“Freshkills Park is one of the largest most ambitious public works projects in the city’s history, and a symbol of renewal and environmental restoration.The Freshkills Park Alliance is working with New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Sanitation to bring the public into this place before the entire 2,200 acres of the park are open.” Learn more about the Freshkills Park Alliance.
Highlight reel shot and edited by Will Ellis: willellisphoto.com.
Sneak ‘Peak’ was a one-day festival celebrating Staten Island’s landfill-to-park masterpiece, Freshkills Park, an icon for the 21st century. On September 28, 3,000 people came to see the park in its current glory, learn about its future and experience land transformation and renewal.
Freshkills Park entered into a sister park partnership with Ariel Sharon Park in Tel Aviv, a similar landfill to park conversion in a large city.
It was announced that Freshkills Park will host New York City’s largest solar array, large enough to power more than 2,000 homes.
On June 6, the Main Creek Wetland Restoration pilot project was completed. This project stabilized the shoreline, created new salt marsh habitat, and removed invasive species.
On October 29, Super storm Sandy hit Staten Island. The wetlands and landfill mounds of Freshkills acted as a buffer for the neighboring communities and Freshkills was used as a temporary debris transfer station.