"Fresh Kills, which operated from 1948 until it closed initially in 2001, is the world’s largest landfill. Consisting of more than 2,000 acres on the western edge of Staten Island, it contains within its boundaries intact tidal wetlands and significant wildlife habitats. Because of its size and diverse topography, the site lends itself to both recreational and scenic uses. We hope that Fresh Kills Park, with its unprecedented size, metropolitan context, and challenging but rich opportunities for end-use development, will serve as a model for land reclamation projects around the world. [...] Only 45% of Fresh Kills’ four square miles is actually landfill; the other 55% is made up of wetland, creeks and tidal flats, open meadows and woodland. Paradoxically, the landfill operations during the past 50 years have afforded a unique opportunity for the preservation of this huge land reserve from development sprawl and fragmentation. Now that the landfill is approaching fi nal capping of the mounds, the beauty and potential of the area are striking. The Draft Master Plan is the first step in beginning the process of transformation that will open the site for new public uses."
Further information about the competition and the rest of the proposals here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/fkl/fkl2_1.shtml
Via Ignacio López Busón