Freshkills Park will host a free Discovery Day, opening more than 700 acres and eight miles of trails to the public for a day of bicycling, activities and tours. The free event offers New Yorkers a chance to explore the park before it opens and learn more about the landfill-to-park transformation project. The site is otherwise closed to the public.
FRESHKILLS PARK TO OPEN 700 ACRES FOR ONE DAY
This Sunday, bike and hike yet-to-be-opened areas of Freshkills Park on Staten Island
Visitors can bring their own bicycle or rent one for free at Freshkills to bike across miles of paved paths, including a three-mile loop along meadows and wetland. NYC Audubon and the NYC Department of Sanitation will offer free guided walks, and eight miles of trails will be open for self-guided hikes.
For families, kites will be available to fly at the top of North Mound and arts and crafts will be available for kids, including sun-print art. Attendees can also help paint a collaborative community mural on the bridge over Main Creek.
Those interested can register at http://freshkillspark.org/programs/discovery-day-june-3. Shuttle buses will transport visitors to and from the St. George Ferry Terminal (Ramp E, Taxi Stand) into the park. Those arriving by bicycle can enter at the 350 Wild Ave. entrance. For cars, parking will be available just outside Freshkills Park in lots near 350 Wild Avenue. From there, visitors can take a shuttle bus or walk one mile to the main event area.
At 2,200 acres, Freshkills Park is almost three times the size of Central Park and the largest park to be developed in New York City in over 100 years. It is at the site of the former Fresh Kills Landfill—the largest landfill in the world before closing in 2001. Since then, the landscape has been engineered with layers of soil and infrastructure, and the area has become a place for wildlife, recreation, science, education, and art.