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Schmul Park Reopens

Schmul Park Reopens

Schmul Park, the first complete park project, reopened in the Travis Neighborhood. The project included renovating the playground with colorful shaped surfaces to echo the topography of the park, new …

Oct 2012 Read More →
Wetland Restoration


In June and July, a herd of goats helped out in the Main Creek Wetland Restoration by eating phragmites, an invasive reed. The pilot restoration project’s objective was to remove phragmites, increase ecosystem habitats …

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Visitor Center

Visitor Center

February: The new Freshkills Park Visitor Center opened in a refurbished construction trailer on-site. The Visitor Center was designed by New York-based design firm, Project Projects, and features a green …

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Freshkills Park Kayaking


Freshkills Park teamed with Kayak Staten Island to hold the first public kayak event on site.

May 2011 Read More →
Fresh Kills 10th Anniversary

10-Year Anniversary

The New York City Departments of Sanitation and Parks & Recreation celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the last barge of waste to Fresh Kills Landfill by welcoming a barge loaded …

Mar 2011 Read More →
Sneak Peak Postcard

First Sneak Peak

The first large-scale, public event was held at the Freshkills Park site in October 2010. Sneak ‘Peak’ was a one-day festival celebrating Staten Island’s landfill-to-park project as an icon for the …

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east park roads

Freshkills Park East Park Roads SEIS

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation prepared a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) that analyzed the construction of park roads through East Park, examining the potential impacts …

Oct 2009 Read More →
Eloise Hirsh

Freshkills Park Administrator

The Freshkills Park Administrator, Eloise Hirsh, was chosen by the Department of Parks & Recreation and began work overseeing park development. Read the Daily Plant article.

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Video: “It’s My Park: Freshkills – Staten Island”

Video produced by Adrian Sas, 2010. In 2006, the Department of Parks & Recreation began offering guided bus tours of the future park. The tours were organized by a Freshkills …

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public meetings

Public Review

Between Fall 2004 and Spring 2006, a series of meetings and workshops were conducted where New Yorkers were able to communicate their vision for the future of Fresh Kills. A …

Oct 2004 Read More →