Magazine article Parks & Recreation

The Timely Completion of Freshkills Park in Staten Island, New York, Is Uncertain, as Officials Question Whether Adequate Funding Will Be Available through Mayor Bill De Blasio's Office

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

The Timely Completion of Freshkills Park in Staten Island, New York, Is Uncertain, as Officials Question Whether Adequate Funding Will Be Available through Mayor Bill De Blasio's Office

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The timely completion of Freshkills Park in Staten Island, New York, is uncertain, as officials question whether adequate funding will be available through Mayor Bill de Blasio's office. The destination park --comprised of almost 6 percent of Staten Island's landscape and the largest New York City park to be built in more than a century--would reclaim 2,200 acres of land where the city dumped some 150 million tons of garbage. Staten Island officials are hoping to capture de Blasio's attention, and purse strings, to ensure the project continues uninterrupted, with a goal for completion in 2036. At least $950 million has already been spent on site development and years-long efforts to cap four large mounds of trash under the fields, trails and playgrounds that will make up the park. However, much of the project is still in the planning stages and city officials aren't yet sure of the total cost. Current plans call for four parks within Freshkills--North, South, East and West for each of the landfill mounds--and a Confluence, intended to be the cultural and waterfront recreation core of the site. …

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