Division of Parks and Recreation
STATEN ISLAND — The town on Monday awarded a $22.9 million contract to a development agency to lastly start work on the primary main part of public park inside the previous Recent Kills Landfill.
Lomma Development Corp. will construct the primary, 21-acre part of Freshkill Park’s North Park which can embrace a birdwatching statement tower and 7-acre seed farm, a spokeswoman for the Parks Division stated Tuesday.
The park is predicted to open in 2020 and would be the first part of Freshkills inside the previous landfill’s boundaries to be open to the general public yr-spherical, the spokeswoman stated.
Sections of the park are opened up for a day a number of occasions a yr as a part of “Discovery Day” occasions and the town has already accomplished two outdoors challenge related to the park: the Richmond Avenue greenway and one entrance to North Park, Schmul Park.
The plans for North Park — one of the sheltered areas of Freshkills — requires it to primarily be a pure space that connects Schmul Park to the William T. Davis Wildlife Refuge, the Parks Division stated.
The work additionally consists of development of a giant picnic garden, a seed farm, a composting consolation station, a waterfront overlook deck, a bicycle restore station, a forested plateau, multi-use pathways and a sixty seven-area parking zone for guests, the spokeswoman stated.
(Division of Parks and Recreation)
Recent Kills Landfill was one of many world’s largest rubbish dumps till it was closed by the town in 2001. It reopened briefly to type gadgets faraway from the World Commerce Middle website after the 9-11 assault, however by 2003, the town began a planning committee to rework it right into a 2,200-acre park, which might be bigger than Central Park.
Because the metropolis began including grassland to revive the land, many wetland and water-based mostly birds reminiscent of ospreys, egrets and herring have returned to the world.
Rarer grassland birds have additionally made residence within the spot and it now boasts the most important colony of the threatened grasshopper sparrow within the state.