Fresh Kills Park
Staten Island, NY
There is a lovely view of Arthur Kill and Fresh Kills Creek.
1947 -- the Fresh Kills landfill opens. Four trash mountains develop in the area.
2001 -- the Fresh Kills landfill closed.
2002 -- plans to make it a park (the largest in the city said Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe). The plans were ambitious too: open space, concert arenas, sports fields, wetlands, wildlife habitats, boating. Costs of making the area safe and usable ranged up to $1 billion dollars. And there are problems with the remaining methane gas and polluted water. The Sanitation Department makes about $1 million a year on gas sales. But at least the area does not smell of garbage.
There will be a memorial to be built on the 10-acre site where debris from ground zero 9-11 destruction of the twin towers was unloaded.
Fresh Kills park will be built in sections, the first area of about 10 acres to open perhaps in 2007.
fields, meadows, prairies, swamp forests, fresh and salt marshes.
Garden State EnviroNews 021205 (www.gsenet.org)
LANDFILL TO PARK - GIVE IT TIME
By Barbara Stewart, NY Times, November 28, 2002