Freshkills Park

Freshkills Park

Freshkills Park | Photo Credit: Jade Doskow

Sat, Sep 30, 2023
10:00 AM

Freshkills Park
350 Wild Avenue
Staten Island

Your guides: Tatiana Choulika, Associate Partner at James Corner Field Operations, Mark Murphy, NYC Parks Administrator for Freshkills Park, and science and education staff from Freshkills Park Alliance

Freshkills was once the largest landfill in the world. Responding to community concerns about public health and wellbeing, the City selected James Corner Field Operations to create a master plan for its transformation and restoration into a beautiful natural space. Join us for a tour of the North Park Phase One area, the first interior section of the landfill to open to the public. Here you'll see grasses, shrubs, and wildflowers growing on the landfill cap. You'll also get to see the arc, an engineered earthwork that creates a new pathway and leads to an observation deck. The rewilding of the site since the landfill closed in 2001 has contributed to a dramatic increase in biodiversity in Staten Island.

We are deeply grateful to the following for their sponsorship of the Garden Futures Summit.

Phil and Shelley Belling
Perfect Earth Project

Elizabeth Locke 

Eleanor Briggs
Howard Formby Garden Design, Inc.
Marilyn Lummis

Mrs. Coleman P. Burke
Camille Butrus
Diane and Jim Connelly
The Enchanted Edible Forest at Cross Island Farms
Elizabeth Giovine
Marsha L. Greenman
Michelle Griffith
Richard Motika and Jerrie Whitfield
Dr. and Mrs. Zebulon Taintor



The Garden Conservancy educational programs are made possible in part by the Coleman and Susan Burke Distinguished Lecture Fund, Courtnay and Terrence Daniels, the Lenhardt Education Fund, and Susan and William McKinley.

Additional support is provided by The Celia Hegyi Matching Challenge Grant, Mrs. Ritchie Battle, the Antonia Breck Fund, Camille Butrus, Michelle and Perry Griffith, Rise S. Johnson, The Krehbiel Family Foundation, Sleepy Cat Farm Foundation, and John S. Troy, FASLA.