After East Mound capping completed in 2011, West Mound was the last remaining landfill section to be capped. At 545 acres, West Mound is the site’s largest, with the West Shore Expressway to the east and the Arthur Kill to the west. It’s bordered by the LFG Purification Plant, Leachate Treatment Plant, and SI District 3 Garage and Borough Repair Shop. An earthwork monument is envisioned atop the mound in remembrance of the September 11 recovery effort that occurred in this location.
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.
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 handball and basketball courts, creating what will become a tree-lined entrance to North Park, and building a comfort station with water and energy saving measures.
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 roof, bright graphics, and creative displays detailing the past, present, and future of Freshkills Park.
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 number of guiding principles were the result of the process and were used to develop the Draft Master Plan. Learn more about the public review process.
September: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced the official kick-off of the $3.38-million Draft Master Plan process that would map out the future use of the Fresh Kills site. Read the Mayor’s announcement.
To take advantage of the potential for the adaptive end use of this unique site, the City of New York, in association with the Municipal Art Society, New York State Department of State, New York City Department of Sanitation, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, conducted an International Design Competition to foster the development of a master plan for Freshkills Park. The goal was to attract the best talent, worldwide, to generate ideas and innovative park designs that would meet the needs of the City’s communities, and respond to the natural and constructed history of the site.
On September 5th 2001, The City of New York announced the start of the International Design Competition. Read about the planning process.
Image: NYC Department of City Planning.