SESSION 13A: WORK IN PROGRESS: TRANSFORMING FRESH KILLS LANDFILL INTO FRESHKILLS PARK
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. EST
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At 2,200 acres, Freshkills Park will be almost three times the size of Central Park and the largest park developed in New York City in over 100 years. Formerly the world’s largest landfill, Freshkills Park will hold a variety of public spaces and facilities including: playgrounds, athletic fields, kayak launches, and large-scale art installations. Areas of the park will be designed for passive recreation, environmental education, and cultural programs. A related community benefit will be a new vehicular access road to the West Shore Expressway from the neighborhood east of the park. The adaptive re-use of this landfill is an on-going collaboration with the New York City Department of Sanitation and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. After a comprehensive master plan completed a decade ago, the park is now in construction and is scheduled to open in phases through 2036.
This session will provide an overview of completed and future projects at Freshkills Park with an in-depth look at how landscape architecture has played a critical role in the complex landfill-to-park restoration project. The panel of landscape architects from the design team will demonstrate how they used natural systems surveys and sustainable design practices to employ a holistic approach to each phase of the restoration. The landscape architects will discuss project details to include: site analysis, grading challenges, and constructed wetlands. In addition, they will show how erosion control and stormwater management techniques are essential to the success of this project.
Stephen Whitehouse, AICP
Cailean Kok, firstname.lastname@example.org