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.
Public Tours & Events
The Department of Parks & Recreation operates free bus tours of the Freshkills Park site from April through November of each year. Space on tours is limited, and reservations are required. Please click on a tour date below to RSVP. If there are no tours listed, there are no upcoming tours available at this time. Please check back frequently for updates.
The Department of Parks & Recreation also hosts events at the Freshkills Park site, or off-site and related to the development of Freshkills Park. Please click on an event listing below for more information.
Upcoming Events and Available Tours
Canceling a Tour
If you need to cancel your tour registration, please click here. It is important to let us know of your cancellation, as there are a limited number of seats on the bus.
April 27, 2014
Hawk Watch at Freshkills Park
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
May 3, 2014
Freshkills Park Tour
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
May 4, 2014
Kayak Freshkills Park
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
May 10, 2014
Freshkills Park Hike
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
May 25, 2014
Freshkills Park Birding Hike
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
September 28, 2014
Sneak 'Peak' at Freshkills Park
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
There are no upcoming tours available at this time. Please check back frequently for updates.
Requests for Program Proposals
The Parks Department invites individuals and groups to make proposals for talks, workshops, specialty tours, performances and other happenings along the public tour route at Freshkills Park. Please see the RFP for Expanded Tour Programs (PDF, 65 kB) for details.
Specially organized group tours are available during the tour season. If you are interested in setting up a tour for a group of 15 – 23 people, please fill out the Freshkills Park Newsgroup form and include a note in the message section. Group tours can be organized on Wednesdays and alternate Saturdays.
If you are a member of the press looking for more information about Freshkills Park or wishing to gain access to the site, please contact the Parks Department Press Office at (212) 360–1311.
Your organization, community group or class may request a slideshow presentation on the progress of Freshkills Park. Please contact us by email or at (212) 788–8277.
The Landfill Link: Using Freshkills Park to Educate and Inspire
Developed by Liz Titone, The Landfill Link program consists of pre–and post–visit writing and art lessons to complement the tour of Freshkills Park. This curriculum unit is aligned with New York State education standards and appropriate for 3rd–6th grades.
A slide from one of our in-school presentations.
The Parks Department has begun working with local elementary schools to develop lesson plans based on the Freshkills Park site and its related issues. Among the elementary–level lessons that can be integrated with study of the site are:
- Environment and remediation
- Staten Island history
- Geological history
- Landfill engineering
- Landfill byproducts
- Waste reduction and recycling
- Landscape architecture and urban/park planning
We encourage you and your students to be part of this exciting investigation. Members of the Freshkills Park development team can visit your classroom or auditorium to speak about any aspects of the project, at no cost to you or your school. Group tours of the Freshkills Park site can also be arranged during the regular tour season, from April through November. Please contact us by email or at (212) 788–8277 for more information.