Arthur Kill Rd. bet. Richmond Ave. and New Vale Ave.
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Staten Island's Brookfield Park has gone from a toxic blight to a beautiful natural area with plenty of walking trails and paths for intrepid city travelers. The park was once the site of a municipal solid waste facility, one that needed tons of care to make safe for plants, animals, and people--two million tons of soil, in fact. A layer of soil four feet deep covers a barrier which keeps any pollutants from affecting the soil.
Above the surface, you'll find a beautiful natural environment with thousands of native plantings. More than 17,000 trees and 76,000 plants were planted before the park opened in 2017, attracting migratory birds and butterflies to the area. Four marked trails provide excellent hiking opportunities, and a mile of unmarked trails can bring you all the way to Richmond Creek. Experience ponds, rivers, wetlands, marshes, and meadows at this restored, safe, and serene Mid-Island gem.