Freshkills Park Blog

Robin Nagle on Loving Fresh Kills

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Last Saturday’s downpour didn’t faze the hardy group of about 30 that came out to hear Robin Nagle’s talk on top of North Mound at the Freshkills Park site.  Our coming together “not in protest but in appreciation” for what was buried beneath our feet, in spite of the rain, was strong foundation for Robin’s claim that we can love a landfill.  Thanks to all who came out, and, of course, to Robin.

If you weren’t able to make it, or if you were and are hungry for more of Robin’s insights into the world of sanitation work, Slate published this week of her journal entries in 2004, which is a great read.

June 25, 2009 - Posted by | FKP | , ,

3 Comments »

  1. Ugh. Still sad I missed this. Looks like a great event!

    Leila

    Comment by Leila Darabi | June 29, 2009 | Reply

  2. Hi! I just heard about Fresh Kills today. I haven’t read everything about it yet, but it is an active park already, right? I just wanted to ask how long it took to convert the landfill into what it is today and if there are no environmental concerns about having people walk around this park. I think it’s a great concept. I had some blog musings about this before but I didn’t know it has been implemented by some cities already. I’ll certainly keep going back to this blog.

    Comment by Chris | February 18, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi Chris–No, the site has not yet been developed as parkland, and public access is currently limited to our biweekly public bus tours. The park development timeline is 30 years, and we are just at the beginning, developing the first 70 acres (of 2,200) within the next several years. The pace of development here is constrained, in part, by the need to ensure public safety and by the cost of the measures (importation of clean soil, tamper-proofing infrastructure) required to meet New York state regulations for public access. The Parks Department homepage for Freshkills Park has more information on the project and the process.

      Comment by freshkillspark | February 18, 2010 | Reply


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