The Landfill Project at Reclaimed Lands Conference
Fresh Kills landfill is currently undergoing a transformation to a park and is an inspiration for the project. In Edgemere, we would like to explore this and other potential scenarios for the future of this site.
This spring, alternative visions were developed by the students at the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance. Among them, a hydroponics-based food production system responding to the lack of healthy food opportunities in the area; a refuge in case of flooding based on the fact the landfill is the only elevated site in the Rockaways, a hub for disaster education, a composting site, a solar power station, an environmental art piece transforming the landfill into a gigantic canvas, a picnic area open for public holidays, a botanical garden and others.
The Landfill Project team would like to bring the conversation outside of the Rockaways and explore these and other visions with those interested in reclaimed lands.
The Freshkills Park Alliance supports the transformation of the Fresh Kills Landfill into an extraordinary 2,200 acre urban park that will be a model for sustainable waterfront land reclamation, a source of pride for Staten Island and New York City, and a gift of open space for generations to come.