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First Park on Former Freshkills Landfill Breaks Ground

It is the first section inside the boundaries of the original Fresh Kills Landfill that will be open to the public.

Last week officials held the groundbreaking of the North Park at Freshkills Park on Staten Island in New York City.

It is the first section inside the boundaries of the original Fresh Kills Landfill that will be open to the public.

Fresh Kills Landfill closed in 2001.

Some parts of the site that did not sit on the grounds that were used as landfill have already reopened as parks.

UntappedCities.com has more:

A visit to Fresh Kills Landfill with the NYC Parks Department was one of Untapped Cities’ first articles, ever, and we are excited to have been following the progress of this park since then – with the groundbreaking of Schmul Park just adjacent in 2010 and tracking the progress on the park’s annual “Sneak Peek” days. To put the size of the future Freshkills Park in perspective, it will be the city’s second largest park (after Pelham Bay Park) nearly three times the size of Central Park and will be the largest park constructed in New York City in over a century.

Attending the groundbreaking yesterday was NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, Staten Island Deputy Borough President Ed Burke and Assembly Member Michael Cusick. North Park comes at a price tag of $29.7 million and will include a multi-use pathway, numerous smaller pathways, a seven-acre seed farm, a forested plateau, a composting comfort station (akin to the one at Prospect Park), picnic lawn, waterfront overlook deck and a bird observation tower.

Read the full story here.

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