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Freshkills Park

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. The transformation of what was formerly the world’s largest landfill into a productive and beautiful cultural destination will make the park a symbol of renewal and an expression of how our society can restore balance to its landscape. In addition to providing a wide range of recreational opportunities, including many uncommon in the city, the park’s design, ecological restoration and cultural and educational programming will emphasize environmental sustainability and a renewed public concern for our human impact on the earth.

While the full build–out will continue in phases for the next 30 years, development over the next several years will focus on providing public access to the interior of the site and showcasing its unusual combination of natural and engineered beauty, including creeks, wetlands, expansive meadows and spectacular vistas of the New York City region.

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Draft Master Plan

Between Fall 2004 and Spring 2006, a series of meetings and workshops were conducted where New Yorkers were able to communicate their vision for the future of Fresh Kills. A number of guiding principles were the result of the process and were used to develop the Draft Master Plan. They are:

  • Keep the site passive and natural
  • Retain the large–scale open spaces
  • Provide paths and trails for long walks, cycle rides and horses
  • Access to the water is important
  • Limit commercial activities to the core of the site
  • Sports and recreation facilities desirable
  • Demonstrate renewable energy
  • Demonstrate ecological techniques of land reclamation
  • Provide a connection between Richmond Avenue and the West Shore Expressway

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. Please see the Department of City Planning’s Freshkills Park page for more information.

ULURP

Although design work is progressing on the first park projects, Fresh Kills Landfill is not yet a park. For land to have the protections that come with park designation, it must be officially mapped as parkland through the New York City Department of City Planning Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP).

ULURP is a crucial step in ensuring that Fresh Kills will never be reopened or used for some other unwanted industrial use. It is a mandated public review process during which the public can comment and the Community Boards, Borough President, City Planning Commission, and City Council vote on the proposal.

However, the ULURP has been stalled before public review has even begun as work goes on to resolve the controversies surrounding the future roads. Because the mapping of the park as parkland and the road corridor as Public Place dedicated to roadway must happen at the same time, the delay in starting the public review process not only slows the development of the road system through the site, but it also postpones the mapping of the site as parkland.

Download the Freshkills Park ULURP Presentation – Initial Mapping Proposal, May 2008 (PDF, 2.7MB)

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GEIS and SEIS Statement of Findings

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR) prepared a Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) for the entire Fresh Kills Park project that evaluated the build out of the approximately 2,200 acre park in its entirety. Subsequently, DPR prepared a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) that analyzed the construction of park roads through East Park, examining the potential impacts in greater detail than previously examined in the GEIS and also examining park road phasing, impacts on Landfill Section 6/7 and the associated landfill infrastructure, and further examining road options and alternatives. This Statement of Findings documents that environmental review process and conclusions presented in both the GEIS and SEIS.

Download the Freshkills Park GEIS and SEIS Statement of Findings, October 2009 (PDF, 172 KB)

GEIS

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation has issued the Notice of Completion for the Freshkills Park Generic Environmental Impact Statement. Pursuant to state and local law, the document identifies any potential adverse environmental effects of proposed actions, assesses their significance, and proposes measures to eliminate or mitigate significant impacts. The chapters of the document are available for download, below, as individual PDF documents. Hard copies are also available at all Staten Island libraries and Community Boards.

A public hearing was held on Thursday, September 4, 2009 to receive comments on the Environmental Impact Statement.

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Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement (FGEIS)

Notice of Completion

Volume I

Volume II

Volume III

Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS)

Volume I

Volume II Appendices

Volume III: Appendices

Reference Documents

DGEIS Scoping documents

On May 24, 2006, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation held a public scoping meeting on the Scope of Work for a Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) to be prepared for the proposed Freshkills Park on Staten Island. The Final Scope is available, below, as a downloadable PDF file. This document contains a compilation of all the comments received by DPR on the draft scope and also incorporates revisions to the draft. Changes between the draft and final scopes are indicated by double–underlined text.

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Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS)

Based on comments received on the Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement for the Fresh Kills Park project, it was determined by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR) that a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) would be prepared that focuses on the proposed East Park roads. The purpose of the SEIS is to provide a targeted and detailed analysis of the proposed East Park roads, as well as an examination of proposed alternatives. Since these segments of the proposed roads require a number of critical discretionary approvals from state and federal agencies, it is intended that the Draft SEIS (DSEIS) will address the environmental issues and concerns of these agencies through a coordinated environmental review under the direction of DPR.

As part of the SEIS process, a scoping meeting was held to provide the public and all interested and involved agencies with the opportunity to comment on the “Draft Scope of Work to prepare a DSEIS.” The purpose of the Scope of Work is to provide an agreed-upon framework and outline for the analysis that will be conducted to evaluate the potential impacts.

The public scoping meeting was held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on March 25, 2009 at P.S. 58, located at 77 Marsh Avenue on Staten Island.

Download SEIS Positive Declaration

Download SEIS Draft Scope of Work

Download SEIS Scoping Meeting Presentation

Final SEIS

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation has issued the Notice of Completion for the Freshkills Park Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. Pursuant to state and local law, the document identifies any potential adverse environmental effects of proposed actions, assesses their significance, and proposes measures to eliminate or mitigate significant impacts. The chapters of the document are available for download, below, as individual PDF documents. Hard copies are also available at all Staten Island libraries and Community Boards.

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Draft SEIS (DSEIS)

A public hearing will be held about the Fresh Kills Park Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on Monday, June 22 at 7 p.m. at Wagner College: Spiro Hall 2, located at One Campus Road in Staten Island. There is no need to RSVP.

The chapters of the DSEIS are available to download as individual PDF documents. Hard copies are also available at all Staten Island libraries and Community Boards.

Written comments on the DSEIS may be submitted to: Joshua Laird, Assistant Commissioner for Planning and Parklands, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, The Arsenal, Central Park, 830 5th Avenue, Room 403, New York, NY 10065.

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