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Sneak Peak at Freshkills

TOURS & PREVIEW ACTIVITIES

Pony Rides will provide a preview of future equestrian activities and facilities at the park. Ponies are provided by First Place Ponies.

Goats, offering a preview of sustainable weed management herds at Freshkills Park.

Kayaking will begin at 11:00 a.m. Free kayak rentals will be provided as well as a quick boating safety lesson before you paddle on the beautiful Main Creek. Come prepared to get slightly wet and muddy! Sorry, 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!

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.

Bike Sharing sponsored by Pratt Industries will allow all to get a chance to ride through the existing trails on site and bike along beautiful fall scenery. All bike sharing is free; you will be required to leave ID to borrow a bike. Cycle for Recycling at Freshkills Park!

Rock Climbing Walls will be open for those who want a challenge with their Sneak Peak experience, come and climb to a better view of the site!

Walking Tours with Experts from The Department of Sanitation and Parks will guide you on short walks while you learn about the cool infrastructure and past of our site.

Science Talks with researchers who are actively studying wildlife on site today! Come and be surprised at what types of animals call Freshkills Park home.

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.

The NYC Compost Project will offer education and tips on home composting.

Partnerships for Parks

Sims Recyclarium

Staten Island Zoo

Municipal Art Society

MillionTreesNYC will be providing information about its tree planting and tree care programs in an effort to engage the Staten Island community and the larger NYC community in sustained environmental stewardship.

Staten Island Arts 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 working model of the city’s combined sewer system, that lets you explore the mechanics of combined sewer overflow events and what they mean for our health and environment.

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.

NYC Audubon

Coast Guard Auxiliary will provide information regarding boating safely through brochures, coloring books, stickers for paddlecraft, and knowledgeable volunteers.

Girl Scouts will provide Girl Scout badge activities for children and information on joining for adults

Greenbelt Conservancy

Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance (MWA) will present its various programs working to transform the NY-NJ harbor & waterways to make them clean and accessible, a vibrant place to play, learn and work with great parks, great jobs & great transportation for all.

New York Restoration Project will be hosting a tree give-away, bring home a bit of green for your backyard!

Neighborhood Housing Services of Staten Island will have an EnergyWise Coordinator available to discuss the benefits of having the home assessed by a BPI Certified Contractor for safety and efficiency measures.

Protectors of Pine Oaks

Staten Island Athletic Club

Staten Island Museum

Volunteer Heart Ambulance

FOOD VENDORS

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.

Rock N Roll NYC

Toum

Coolhaus

Mac Truck NYC

Crif Dogs

PUBLIC ART

Mierle Laderman Ukeles, “The Social Mirror” (1983)

Staten Island artists supported by SI Arts will be live painting murals on the bridge – come and watch!

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