Freshkills Park

  • image by Jeffrey Totaro
  • image by Jeffrey Totaro
  • Nearly 3 times the size of Central Park, the 2,200-acre Freshkills Park comprises over 1,000 acres of closed landfill (once the world’s largest landfill) and 450 acres of creeks and wetland.  750 acres of the park support active and passive recreation, public event spaces and miles of trails.  While the full build–out of the project will continue in phases for the next 30 years, initial projects happening now focus on providing public access to the interior of the site and showcasing its unusual combination of natural and engineered beauty, including creeks, wetlands, expansive meadows and spectacular vistas of the New York City region.  The park is host to several pilot programs of urban agriculture (seed harvesting and tree nurseries), scientific research, and wildlife observation.  This project is an ongoing and dynamic collaboration with several New York City and State agencies including the Departments of Sanitation, Parks, Transportation and Environmental Conservation and the Native Plants Center. 
    The Freshkills Park Master Plan outlines a vision for the transformation of the world’s largest landfill into the largest public urban park in the NY metropolitan area. It provides a framework for environmental reclamation and renewal on a vast scale, based on an ecological process that will recover not only the health and biodiversity of ecosystems, but also the spirit and imagination of people in the 21st century.
    Fresh Kills, which operated as a landfill from 1948 until 2001, comprises over 2,000 acres on the western edge of Staten Island. It includes 45% of actual landfill as well as intact tidal wetlands and significant wildlife habitats. The Master Plan goals and objectives are to ensure a coherent design strategy for the whole park while respecting the unique characteristics of each of its components. The design will keep the park big and elemental, concentrate buildings and activities, cultivate a sustainable native landscape while revealing the process of restoration, and create extraordinary settings for a diverse mix of uses.

    With GeoSyntec, Biohabitats, HR+A, AKRF, Arup Engineers, Project Projects