TOURS & PREVIEW ACTIVITIES
Pony Rides will provide a preview of future equestrian actiivites and facilities at the park. Ponies are provided by First Place Ponies.
Kayaking will begin at 11:00 a.m. Registration for available kayaks will happen on-site starting 15 minutes before each tour begins. No outside kayaks allowed. Support for kayak tours is provided by:
- Kayak Staten Island, an all-volunteer organization that provides free kayaking for the public from South Beach in Staten Island.
- Long Island Community Boathouse, which provides western Queens residents, employees, and visitors with educational and recreational paddling programs. The all-volunteer programs raise awareness about estuary ecology with the goal of restoring the natural beauty and health of New York Harbor.
Bird watching will be guided by The Staten Island Museum, founded in 1881 and home to more than two million artifacts and specimens. This "mini-Smithsonian" is rich with arts, natural sciences and local history.
Kite Making and Kite Flying will take place at the top of the North Mound. Free kite-making kits will be provided. All kites are welcome!
Goats, offering a preview of sustainable weed management herds at Freshkills Park.
Model Airplane Demonstration provided by the Staten Island RC Modelers.
Puppet Parade, led by Emma Wiseman, will be taking place at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The Freshkills Park Layar Smartphone App, developed with information architecture consultants Med44, provides description, media and links for places visible in the landscape, to users of iPhone 4 and Android phones.
The Lower East Side Ecology Center (LESEC) will be collecting e-waste--unwanted or broken electronics?from event visitors in the event parking area. A list of acceptable materials can be found here. Electronics will be accepted from households and small businesses (less than 50 employees, please call ahead) as well as not-for-profits. LESEC does not accept home appliances such as microwaves, refrigerators, or air conditioners.
NYC DOT Bicycle Helmet Fitting, NOTE: You must be present to get fitted and receive a helmet and learn how to properly fit it. A parent or legal guardian must be present to sign a waiver for children under age 18 being fitted to receive a helmet. Adults over age 18 must sign a waiver to get fitted and receive a helmet.
WORKSHOPS & INFORMATION FAIR
The Home Depot will lead visitors in constructing birdhouses that they may take home after the event.
The New York City Department of Sanitation will offer information about the Fresh Kills Landfill and citywide Sanitation operations.
GrowNYC’s Office of Recycling, Outreach and Education will provide recycling education and lead visitors in the Recycling Game.
Materials for the Arts will lead visitors through workshops constructing wind toys with discarded material from its non-profit storehouse in Queens.
The NYC Compost Project will offer education and tips on home composting.
Solar One will provide tips on home and office energy efficiency.
MillionTreesNYC will provide education about its initiative to plant and care for one million new trees across the City's five boroughs over the next decade.
The Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island will share information about upcoming arts and culture events and programs on Staten Island.
The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) will exhibit its Sewer in a Suitcase, a portable demonstration of New York City’s wastewater management system constructed through an semester-long, artist-led youth investigation. Demonstrations will take place every half hour from 11:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m..
The College of Staten Island (CSI) Farming Group will offer a tasting of produce grown at the farm at CSI as well as a hands-on crafts workshop.
Fresh Kills Stories, part of an on-going oral history project, will record audio of visitors’ stories and reflections about the former Fresh Kills Landfill, the site today, and the future Freshkills Park.
The Center for Architecture Foundation will lead visitors through a design a park activity.
AnyaEve hand dyes and paints silk scarves.
Olga Ayala specializes in original, fully functional home decor items and wearable art (jewelry) made of polymer clay. Each piece is individually handcrafted and is a unique piece of art.
Sunset Hill Design
Carmelo’s Brick Oven Pizza, serving handmade, wood-fired brick oven pizza.
Staten Island Iceman, offering 22 flavors of Italian ices and 6-8 flavors of ice cream.
Kathy Westwater, will be performing an original work at 1 p.m.
Mierle Laderman Ukeles, “The Social Mirror” (1983)