Work in Progress: Transforming Fresh Kills Landfill into Freshkills Park

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At 2,200 acres, Freshkills Park will be almost three times the size of Central Park and the largest park developed in New York City in over 100 years. Formerly the world’s largest landfill, Freshkills Park will hold a variety of public spaces and facilities including: playgrounds, athletic fields, kayak launches, and large-scale art installations. Areas of the park will be designed for passive recreation, environmental education and cultural programs. A related community benefit will be a new vehicular access road to the West Shore Expressway from the neighborhood east of the park. The adaptive re-use of this landfill is an on-going collaboration with the New York City Department of Sanitation and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. After a comprehensive master plan completed a decade ago, the park is now in construction and is scheduled to open in phases through 2036.
This session will provide an overview of completed and future projects at Freshkills Park with an in-depth look at how landscape architecture has played a critical role in the complex landfill-to-park restoration project. The panel of landscape architects from the design team will demonstrate how they used natural systems surveys and sustainable design practices to employ a holistic approach to each phase of the restoration. Projects such as Owl Hollow, the New Springville Greenway, Schmul Playground and Ballfield, and the North, East and South Parks will be presented. The landscape architects will discuss the details of the projects to include: site analysis, grading challenges, and constructed wetlands. In addition, they will show how erosion control and stormwater management techniques are essential to the success of this project.
Atlantic City, NJ
Distance Learning
Course Equivalency
Remediation / Brownfields
Site Planning
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learning Outcomes
1. Understand how sound planning principles lead to a series of detailed projects growing out of a comprehensive park master plan.
2. Understand how natural systems survey techniques inform the planning, design, and technical support for complex landfill to park landscape restoration projects.
3. Understand how erosion control and storm water management techniques are essential to the successful creation of a park from a landfill.
SPEAKERS: Adrian Smith, Stephen Whitehouse, & Andrew Deer Adrian Smith, Team Leader: Staten Island Capital Projects – NYC Parks / Adrian Smith, FASLA has lived and worked in NYC for 30 years. The ultimate goal of his work is to create an enduring conn
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