Preference to Parks employees
Creative reuses of disturbed lands are critical in the quest to add ecological functions to our urban regions. In brownfield and former landfill sites, a return to the original state of the land is not possible and so alternative restoration strategies are used to return function to the landscape. Furthermore, within our rapidly changing ecology, the original state may no longer be the ideal from an ecological perspective.
Freshkills Park in Staten Island, NY, the site of what was the world’s largest landfill, is a prime example of a site where a return to the original ecological state is not possible, but the ability to add ecological functions beyond stabilizing is feasible. The needs of our collective environments necessitate new strategies that consider disturbed urban landscapes, such as landfills and brownfields, as sites for ecological reclamation that not only stabilize the disturbed landscape but also add ecological functions to the region, for humans and wildlife. Whether transforming degraded infrastructure into productive wildlife habitat, re-defining what a public park looks like, or adapting these lands for urban farming, it is clear that we must continue to examine the opportunities in our reclaimed lands from multiple perspectives and disciplines.
This four-day conference brings together researchers, practitioners, planners, ecologists, artists, landscape architects and other designers, as well as community groups, and students to bridge the gaps between disciplines and productively explore the issues and initiatives surrounding these reclaimed lands, such as monitoring changes in biodiversity, designing ecologically sustainable re-development, engaging residents in stewardship, transforming public perceptions, and inspiring future projects.
Field Trip to Brooklyn Landfill / Jamaica Bay
Erskine Street adn Shore Parkway
New York, NY
Parks & Recreation
Remediation / Brownfields
Health, Safety and Welfare
• Participants will learn to develop interdisciplinary models for research on reclaimed lands sites.
• Participants will learn cross-disciplinary approaches to their work on reclaimed lands towards comprehensive problem solving.
• Participants will learn new strategies that are being used in reclaimed lands ecological restoration and re-development.
• Field trips to formerly disturbed sites will allow participants to learn from direct observation the results of the approaches and methods of transforming degraded infrastructure into.
NYCParks and REC
NYC Parks & Recreation Department