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Landfills to Parks: The Freshkills Story

Local New York public television station Thirteen has done a great video on the conversion of Fresh Kills landfill to Fresh Kills Park (see the park’s blog here).  Administrator Eloise Hirsh gives an overview of the park and an informative rundown of how a landfill is capped to become a changed landscape on top. One fact: methane gas captured from the waste decomposing underground is captured and sold by the city, bringing in over $1 million in revenue per month. (We’re also told that tours are available of the park until November through the city.)

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3 Responses

  1. I was born and raised on Staten Island. When I would go back to visit family and friends, I dreaded driving by the landfill. The odor was terrible. How great that it will now be a park! Bravo!

    After 9/11 much of the debris was brought to the landfill. One cannot help think there may be human parts there. I hope the park can be at least a small source of comfort to the victims’ families.

  2. Great post. Besides Mount Trashmore Park in Virgina Beach, VA are there other examples of landfills becoming parks?

  3. Thanks for the interest in Freshkills Park!

    There are estimated to be over 200 landfill parks in the U.S, though many of them are not at the scale of Freshkills. Some well known ones include Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, NY (referred to as “The Valley of Ashes” in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby), Millennium Park in Boston, Richard W. DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst, NJ, and Shoreline Regional Park in Mountainview, CA.

    The master plan for the park includes a 9/11 memorial on the mound that received the debris from the attack. You can read more about it in the draft master plan which is available online.

    Follow the park’s progess on our blog:

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