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Fresh Kills Park Project
Draft Master Plan
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Community Input
Between fall 2004 and March 2006, a series of meetings and workshops were conducted for participants to devise their visions for the future of Fresh Kills working directly with the project team.  Staten Islanders, as well as other participants, offered a wide variety of ideas for the future of Fresh Kills - new roads to ease local traffic problems and provide public access to the site; active recreational uses such as kayaking and canoeing, horseback riding, sports fields and courts, golf, and hiking; nature programs and a wildlife refuge; blossoming cherry tree groves and gardens; an observation tower to take advantage of the panoramic views. Some residents thought the site should house alternative sources of energy, like wind-driven generators, in addition to the landfill gas recovery plant that currently extracts and processes energy. Others emphasized the potential for scientific and environmental research and education; or the opportunity to make Fresh Kills' transformation an international model for excellence in land reclamation and neighborhood-based planning.

In addition to the public meetings, the planning process was guided by a Community Advisory Group, comprised of stakeholders representing local and regional recreational, environmental, cultural and youth organizations.

Community Advisory Group
Linda Allocco
Executive Director,
Staten Island YMCA

John Antoniello
Chairman, Community
Board 3

Linda Baran
President, Staten Island Chamber of Commerce

Kent Barwick
President, Municipal Art Society

Richard Buegler
Protectors of Pine Oaks Woods
Sean Sweeney
Chairman, Community Board 1
Mark Casserta
Executive Director, New York League of Conservation Voters

Cesar Claro
President, Staten Island EDC
Dennis Dell'Angelo
President, Prince's Bay Pleasant Plains Civic Association

Timothy Desiderio
Staten Island EDC

Christian DiPalermo
Executive Director,
New Yorkers for Parks

Nick Dmytryszyn
Staten Island Borough President's Office

Elizabeth Egbert
Executive Director,
Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences

Denise Fastasia
Membership Manager,
Girl Scouts Council of Greater
New York
John Guild
Executive Director,
Staten Island Historical Society

Robert Hoerburger
Director, Public School Athletic League

Sanford Krueger
Chief Executive Officer,
Staten Island Board of Realtors

Brian Laline
Staten Island Advance

Andrew Lanza
Councilman, City of New York
Matthew J. Lebow
Vice President, New York Adventure Racing Association

Vin Lenza
Staten Island EDC

Adena Long
Executive Director,
Greenbelt Conservancy, Inc.

Dana Magee
Chairman, Community Board 2

Mike Mahon
Staten Island Council Boy Scouts

Frank Marino
Staten Island Recreational Congress, Inc.

Gregory Markow
Community Board 3

E. J. McAdams
Executive Director,
New York City Audubon Society

Dennis J. McKeon
Church of St. Clare: WTC Outreach Program

Michael McMahon
Councilman, City of New York

Kimberly Miller
Director of Planning, Municipal Art Society

James Molinaro
President, Borough of
Staten Island

Anthony Navarino
Catholic Youth Organization

James Oddo
Councilman, City of
New York

Joe Panepinto
Executive Director, Catholic Youth Organization

Henry Salmon
Chairman, Staten Island Chamber of Commerce

James Scarcella
President, Natural Resources Protective Association

Dee Vandenburg
Staten Island Tax Payers Assocation

Laura Jean Watters
Executive Director, Council on the Arts & Humanities for
Staten Island

Sally Williams
Greenbelt Conservancy, Inc.

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