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Fresh Kills Park Project
Project History
Introduction | Project History | About the Site | Draft Master Plan
Project Phasing | FAQs | Get Involved!

1948: Fresh Kills Landfill established by Robert Moses and the City of New York.
May 1999: In anticipation of the closing of Fresh Kills Landfill, the Department of City Planning, in association with the Municipal Arts Society, New York State Department of State, New York City Department of Sanitation, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, formed an International Design Competition Organizing Committee to sponsor the development of a master plan for Fresh Kills Park. 
March 22, 2001: Fresh Kills Landfill received its last barge of household solid waste.
September 5, 2001:  The City of New York announced the start of the International Design Competition for Fresh Kills Park.
December 2001: Three finalist teams were chosen by a jury of professionals to compete for selection as planning consultant:
  • Field Operations - Philadelphia, PA and New York, NY: First Place
  • JMP Landscape and John McAslan + Partners - London, England, UK: Second Place
  • RIOS Associates, Inc. - Los Angeles, CA: Third Place
June 2003: Landscape architecture firm, Field Operations, was selected as the planning and design consultant.
September 2003:   Mayor Bloomberg announced the kickoff of the master planning process. Read the Mayor's announcement.
June 23, 2005: Approximately 100 people attended the 6th public meeting at PS 58 in Staten Island to view the Preliminary Draft Master Plan for the future of Fresh Kills.
View the PDF Document Full Presentation (8.9 mb).

View the presentation by section also in PDF Document pdf format:
  1. Context & Background (2.4 mb)
  2. Program (Proposal) (1 mb)
  3. North Park (1 mb)
  4. Creek Landing & The Point (1.5 mb)
  5. South Park (900 k)
  6. West Park (800 k)
  7. East Park (870 k)
  8. Phasing, Stewardship + Finance/Project Schedule (900 k)

August 22, 2005: Mayor Bloomberg Announced the Creation of Owl Hollow Fields, the First Park Project of Fresh Kills Park
April 6, 2006:

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and City Planning Director Amanda M. Burden announced the release of the Draft Master Plan for Fresh Kills Park.

May 24, 2006:

The Department of Parks & Recreation held a public scoping meeting on the Scope of Work for a Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) to be prepared for the proposed Fresh Kills Park. The Final Scope of Work to Prepare a Generic Environmental Impact Statement is now available as a downloadable PDF file on the Department of Parks & Recreation website.

September 2006:

The Fresh Kills Park Administrator was chosen by the Department of Parks & Recreation and began work overseeing park development.

The project is now moving forward into environmental and land use review through the prescribed CEQR and ULURP procedures. This will allow for ongoing public involvement in the park planning process.  Please go to the Department of Parks & Recreation's Fresh Kills webpage for updates.

During the regulatory review period, specific projects will be selected for phased implementation, using the Draft Master Plan as a guide. Environmental and land use reviews should be complete by mid-2008 and park construction will begin thereafter.

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